12 Most Anticipated 2020 WW2 Books: January to June

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Discover 12 of our most anticipated upcoming 2020 World War 2 book releases from January until June. These exciting new WWII novels will take you back in time and around the world.

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2020 is going to be a fabulous year for World War 2 fiction and nonfiction. You can bet that I am already staking my claim on NetGalley almost half a year out. I cannot wait to share my finds that I think you will love.

Librarians fighting in the French Resistance to save the American Librarian in Paris?! YASSS! Women pilots earning their silver wings and showing the world their stuff? YASSS! A bartender watching over debutantes while training fighters underneath the booze? YASSSS. YASS!! A new society to save Jane Austen’s legacy?! SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!!!

Are you excited yet?!

With endless WW2 novels publishing in 2020, what are some of my most anticipated World War 2 new releases, and when will they hit the shelves? Keep reading!

And, are you wondering what I think about these new releases? Each month lookout for our Book Buzzed featured for more new releases and our current reading list with mini book reviews. Here’s February’s Book Buzzed.

P.S. Don’t forget that our September 2020 Book Challenge theme is WW2 books; you may join in on this annual reading challenge at any time.

*All books ending with an asterisk are upcoming new book releases and ARCs that I requested or received, typically from NetGalley or direct from the author/publisher, in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Already Released: January 2020 World War 2 Books

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This Light Between Us by Andrew FukudaJanuary 7, 2020YA Holocaust & Military Fiction– January got a jump start on me, guys. Just released this January 2020, This Light Between Us is a story about two young children who become pen pals. One is a Japanese-American boy and the other, a Jewish French girl. Readers watch their written friendship evolve through WW2 and its horrific concentration camps. Goodreads | Amazon

The Whispers Of War by Julia KellyJanuary 14, 2020Historical WW2 Romance & Fiction – It’s 1939 and the beginning of World War 2. Three friends find themselves caught up in the war, especially as one is threatened with internment. The Whispers Of War is one of many WW2 friendship books out this 2020. Goodreads | Amazon

Don’t miss all of our January 2020 most anticipated book releases.

February’s Newest WW2 Book Releases

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The Splendid And The Vile by Erik LarsonFebruary 25, 2020WW2 Biography & Historical Nonfiction – Erik Larson brings Winston Churchill’s courage, determination, and British leadership to life during WWII. Using diaries and once-secret government documents, see Churchill as a political figure but also as a family man. Goodreads | Amazon

The Tuscan Girl by Angela PetchFebruary 25, 2020Historical WWII Italian Fiction – Alba stumbles upon an abandoned World War 2 home and a mysterious box of silverware. Determined to find the owner as retribution for her past, she meets Massimo. Massimo carries secrets and guilt from WW2, and both are looking to overcome their pasts. Goodreads | Amazon

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Upcoming March 2020 WWII Novels

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The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer RosnerMarch 3, 2020Jewish Literature & Fiction – Inspired by the true stories of Jewish children hidden during the war, Rosner takes readers to Poland during World War II. Róza must hide with her daughter in a neighbor’s barn but ultimately questions if they must survive apart. Goodreads | Amazon

Code Name Hélène by Ariel Lawhon* – March 31, 2020Biographical World War 2 FictionI love women’s fiction. One of the books I am about to start reading, Code Name Hélène is based on the true story of Nancy Wake. Wake is a spy smuggling people and documents across the border. Originally from Australia but living in Paris, “Helene,” who has multiple code names throughout the novel, is said to be one of the most powerful leaders in the French Resistance. Goodreads | Amazon | Book Information→

2020 April World War 2 Book Releases

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The Socialite by J’nell CiesielskiApril 14, 2020Historical WW2 Fiction – When two English debutantes land in Nazi-occupied Paris, Barrett Anderson finds himself caught in two situations. Their father will pay him for their care while he’s also forced to join the French Resistance fighters under the guise of a bartender. I’m pretty sure we might see some romance, too. Goodreads | Amazon | Book Information→

The Women With Silver Wings by Katherine Sharp Landdeck* – April 21, 2020Women in Aviation & WW2 History Nonfiction – I am not going to lie: I partially requested The Women With Silver Wings for my pilot and airplane-loving hubby. With the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Air Force put out a call for women pilots. Only 1,100 women at the time earned silver wings, and this is their kick-butt true story. Goodreads | Amazon | Book Information→

Read our complete reviews of The Socialite and The Women With Silver Wings in our April 2020 Book Releases issue of Book Buzzed.

May 2020 New WW2 Books

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The Prisoner’s Wife by Maggie Brookes* – May 26, 2020Women’s Historical Fiction – One of the first 2020 WW2 book releases that I requested, The Prisoner’s Wife by Maggie Brookes is based on a true story. A Czech farm girl and prisoner of war secretly marries a British soldier. Disguised, they are running for their lives. Goodreads | Amazon | Book Information→

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner* – May 26, 2020Historical Fiction – I totally get The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society vibes here, and I am all about THIS. It’s the end of WW2 in a small English town where a group of people band together to save Jane Austen’s legacy and home. The most unlikely bunch, they create The Jane Austen Society. Goodreads | Amazon

Don’t miss our book reviews for The Jane Austen Society & The Prisoner’s Wife on our May 2020 New Books reading list.

Most Anticipated 2020 June WWII Upcoming Books *For Book Lovers*

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Paris Never Leaves You by Ellen Feldman* – June 2, 2020 (Moved to August 4, 2020) – World War II Historical Fiction – OK, so maybe the title sounds a little cliché… Paris Never Leaves You alternates between Paris in WW2 and NYC in the 1950s. What most entices me is that Charlotte works at a Paris bookstore during WWII, fighting to survive with her young daughter. BOOKSTORE is the keyword here. Goodreads | Amazon | Book Information→

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles* – June 2, 2020 (Update: Publication Date Is Now Showing 2021) – WW2 Historical Friendship FictionThe Paris Library is by far my most anticipated 2020 upcoming WW2 book release. We visited the American Library in Paris so this one sings to me. Based on a true story, Odile, along with other librarians, joins the Resistance to protect everything that she loves. Goodreads | Amazon

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What 2020 World War 2 Book Releases Are You Looking Forward To?

These are some of my most anticipated WW2 book releases for January to June 2020. What are you eyeing? Did I miss any World War 2 books in your 2020 TBR pile? What are you most excited about?

Looking for even more new books? Find your next great read on our 2020 upcoming book releases master list. And, don’t miss the newest WWII books coming this summer 2020.

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Christine (she/her) is the owner, lead editor, and tipsy book sommelier of The Uncorked Librarian LLC, an online literary publication showcasing books and movies to inspire travel and home to the famed Uncorked Reading Challenge.

With a BA in English & History from Smith College, an MLIS from USF-Tampa, and a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship in Christine's back pocket, there isn't a bookstore, library, or winery that can hide from her. Christine loves brewery yoga, adopting all of the kitties, and a glass of oaked Chardonnay. Charcuterie is her favorite food group.


  1. Although I’m trying to avoid WW2 books, I have to admit that THE JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY is calling to me. 🙂 No surprise there! haha. THE WOMEN WITH SILVER WINGS also sounds really great. I had no idea that there was a call for women pilots!! I feel like this book could be made into a good movie.

    1. Haha, I literally wrote this piece and thought of you. It was *right* after you wrote on another post how you need a break from WW2 novels, LOL!!!!!! I was like, awwwww shooooootttttttttt. Haha. But still, I get you! I have the ARCs for both The Jane Austen Society and The Women With Silver Wings. I’ll definitely let you know what I think–I’m super excited, and yes, I see movie potential too!

  2. I want them ALL. ALL OF THEM!!! WW2, hist-fic is one of my favourite genres ever. I already have so many similar books on my TBR, guess I have to add 12 more :’) The Jane Austen one sounds doubly my tye since it’s a cross between WW2 and Austen who is one of my fav authors ever. Also, all the YAS’s at the beginning were cracking me up!!

    1. Oh no!! Lol. The problems we bookish people have! What are some of the WW2 books that you are eyeing this 2020? I AM SO EXCITED for the Jane Austen one. I am trying not to read it first since I want to read them in order of release date. It’s going to be tough.

    1. I love books based on true stories, too. Do you have a favorite? I’ve also been reading a lot more nonfiction this year. I am SUCH a sucker for a good cover!

  3. Ooh so many of these sound so good! I don’t often pick stories about war but I’m always riveted when I see a movie or read one. You know I loved All the Light We Cannot See. This is not related really to your book list but I really want to see the movie 1917.
    Back to your book list- I like the sound of the Jane Austen one. I bet that one will be really good. I’ve also added a bunch more to my TBR- Yellow Bird, Code Name, Women with Silver Winfs- how awesome is that one? And The Prisoner’s Wife sounds incredible. I think that one might be number one on my list, actually.
    Awesome list! You are always adding to my TBR.?

    1. It’s so funny that you mentioned 1917. So while I love reading WW2 books, I don’t like any WW2 movies, lol!

      The only new WW2 release that you mentioned that I don’t have a copy for is Yellow Bird. I’ll definitely let you know which one is my favorite. I loved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and The Jane Austen Society sounds just like it!

      I’m so glad that you found a few new books to add to your list.

  4. I will admit, I have not read any WW2 books in a long time. Actually, I can’t even remember the last one I read. I know, I’m terrible. This post has me excited for a couple of books mentioned: The Prisoner’s Wife and The Socialite. I can’t wait to read your reviews.

    1. Well, let me tell you: 2020 is the year to start lol! There are SO MANY new WW2 2020 book releases–I cannot believe it! I hoped I picked the best ones to request–there just isn’t enough time. Our September Reading Challenge theme is WW2 books–so I am hoping to have at least 6 new WWII novels completed by then to better discuss during the challenge. Thanks!

    2. Christine, May I suggest a book for young teens or anyone interested in WWII? This one is set on the home front. 13-year-old girl relocates with her family when her dad takes a job repairing damaged warplanes. Living in a homemade trailer in a war worker camp, being the new girl at school and then bullied by 3 local girls are just her initial challenges. Mid-winter a substitute teacher appears in class, causing the Nancy Drew part of her to become suspicious. Why does he question students, why do smiles never reach his eyes. Who is he? “Laura Ann and the Nazi Spy” can be found on Amazon. Hope you check it out. Thanks, Mary

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