Most Anticipated Releases | July 2020

That’s it! We are officially halfway through the year. I recently saw Dini mentioning how these six months passed very quickly but at the same time it felt like we lived multiple years in a span of just a couple of months and I definitely agree with that. 

July tends to be a “chill” month for book releases. But not this year! I was able to find 9 (NINE!) books I was excited about, and to tell you a little secret, some of them I already read and LOVED! *wink*

However, I didn’t spot any fantasy books releasing next month. But I’m sure I will find them in one of your Top Ten Tuesday posts. 😀 This week it’s all about most anticipated releases for the second half of 2020.


the burning chambers by kate mosse

Power and Prejudice: France, 1562. War sparks between the Catholics and Huguenots, dividing neighbors, friends, and family–meanwhile, nineteen-year-old Minou Joubert receives an anonymous letter at her father’s bookshop. Sealed with a distinctive family crest, it contains just five words: She knows that you livemore

It is wood, it is stone by gabriella burnham

Linda, an anxious and restless American, has moved to São Paulo, with her husband, Dennis, who has accepted a yearlong professorship. As Dennis submerges himself in his work, Linda finds herself unmoored and adrift, feeling increasingly disassociated from her own body. Linda’s unwavering and skilled maid, Marta, has more claim to Linda’s home than Linda can fathom. Marta, who is struggling to make sense of complicated history and its racial tensions, is exasperated by Linda’s instability. One day, Linda leaves home with a charismatic and beguiling artist, whom she joins on a fervent adventure that causes reverberations felt by everyone, and ultimately binds Marta and Linda in a profoundly human, and tender, way… more

the pull and the stars by emma donoghue

In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city center, where expectant mothers who have come down with the terrible new Flu are quarantined together. Into Julia’s regimented world step two outsiders—Doctor Kathleen Lynn, on the run from the police, and a young volunteer helper, Bridie Sweeney… more

one to watch by kate stayman-london

Bea Schumacher is a devastatingly stylish plus-size fashion blogger who has amazing friends, a devoted family, legions of Insta followers–and a massively broken heart. Like the rest of America, Bea indulges in her weekly obsession: the hit reality show Main Squeeze. The fantasy dates! The kiss-off rejections! The surprising amount of guys named Chad! But Bea is sick and tired of the lack of body diversity on the show. Since when is being a size zero a prerequisite for getting engaged on television?… more

the shadow friend by alex north

If it had happened to you, you would have run away too.

Twenty-five years ago, Paul’s friend Charlie Crabtree brutally killed their classmate – and then vanished without a trace.
Paul’s never forgiven himself for his part in what happened. He’s never gone back home.
Until his elderly mother has a fall. It’s finally time to stop running.
It’s not long before things start to go wrong. His mother claims there’s someone in the house. Paul realises someone is following him. And, in a town many miles away, a copycat killer has struck… more

transcendent kingdom by yaa gyasi

Gifty is a fifth year candidate in neuroscience at Stanford School of Medicine studying reward seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction. Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose after a knee injury left him hooked on OxyContin. Her suicidal mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her. But even as she turns to the hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family’s loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith, and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive… more


mayhem by estelle laure

It’s 1987 and unfortunately it’s not all Madonna and cherry lip balm. Mayhem Brayburn has always known there was something off about her and her mother, Roxy. Maybe it has to do with Roxy’s constant physical pain, or maybe with Mayhem’s own irresistible pull to water. Either way, she knows they aren’t like everyone else. But when May’s stepfather finally goes too far, Roxy and Mayhem flee to Santa Maria, California, the coastal beach town that holds the answers to all of Mayhem’s questions about who her mother is, her estranged family, and the mysteries of her own self… more

burn our bodies down by rory power

Ever since Margot was born, it’s been just her and her mother. No answers to Margot’s questions about what came before. No history to hold on to. No relative to speak of. Just the two of them, stuck in their run-down apartment, struggling to get along.

But that’s not enough for Margot. She wants family. She wants a past. And she just found the key she needs to get it: A photograph, pointing her to a town called Phalene. Pointing her home. Only, when Margot gets there, it’s not what she bargained for… more


the unadoptables by jana tooke

In all the years that Elinora Gassbeek has been matron of the Little Tulip Orphanage, not once have the Rules for Baby Abandonment been broken. Until the autumn of 1886, when five babies are left in outrageous circumstances: one in a tin toolbox, one in a coal bucket, one in a picnic hamper, one in a wheat sack, and finally, one in a coffin-shaped basket.

Those babies were Lotta, Egg, Fenna, Sem and Milou… more

What ARE your most anticipated bookS of July 2020?

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16 thoughts on “Most Anticipated Releases | July 2020

  1. You read so much more in adult lit than I do, which is why I love coming to your blog. I haven’t heard of any of these adult books but both Transcendent Kingdom and It Is Wood, It Is Stone sound phenomenal. Thank you for making my journey in adult literary fiction a little bit easier 💕

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    1. I definitely reach more for Adult books now, but I love YA from time to time and Middle Grade as well. Basically, I read everything there is 😀 I’m so glad that this was helpful! Sadly, I didn’t get the ARC of Transcendent Kingdom, but that means that I’m even more excited to buy it as soon as its out.


    1. I was lucky to get the ARC of One to Watch and I already read it at the end of June, and tbh… I didn’t love it the way everyone else seems to. Something about it didn’t feel right. But I hope you’ll love it, it has some great representation and feels an important book to read even though it’s so lighthearted at first sight.

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  2. I love all these recommendations! I don’t read too much adult fiction, but these all look so good that I just have to put them on my tbr (:

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  3. The pull of the stars is also one of my really Anticipated releases. I have not read Room yet but I have heard really good things about Emma Donoghue.

    I hope you enjoy all the books on your list!

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    1. Ahaha, same 😀 I saw the movie (Room) and it was good, but now that I know the plot I don’t know if I’ll be reading the book. Her newest one, on the other hand, sounds absolutely incredible.


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