Some of the Most Anticipated 2020 Books I’m Excited For: Part 2

June 29, 2020 Rissi JC 30 Comments

It’s the midway point of 2020 (!!!) and we’re primed and ready to do what we do best: take about anticipated books. Or more specifically Anticipated Books of 2020, part 2 since we’ve already talked about our January – June (or thereabouts) excitement.

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Below is a bit of an eclectic selection of books because while I have my favorite overall, contemporary fiction, I do enjoy a historical novel once in a while, so long as it’s the “right” kind of historical. I’ve already talked about other anticipated reads (not just in the ‘part one’ from early this year) in last week’s latest booktube video. But I tried not to double up so we talk about separate books to be excited for! These aren’t going to necessarily be books I end up for sure reading/buying because I’ll read more about them as their release dates draw closer, which makes them more in line with books I’m curious about than for sure going to read. For now, they either draw me in by their cover or do sound good and fun.

Let’s toss some confetti and get excited for the books we’ll add to our shelves – and best of all READ, during these latter months of 2020.


Sorted by release date; and then author a-z

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1: The Crushing Depths, Dani Pettrey

Yes I do share this one in my Booktube video, but as today (the 30th) is this books release date, I simply had to share it as a little birthday celebratory statement. Amazon | Goodreads

2: Paris is Alaways a Good Idea, Jenn McKinlay (July)

Don’t know much about this one, but it’s PARIS, so it sounds fun and yet also as if it will have a heavier topic given the heroine’s work. Amazon | Goodreads

3: To Love a Prince, Rachel Hauck (August)

I really enjoyed Rachel’s prior ‘royal’ romance novels, so to see her create a second series centered on royals is fun. Amazon | Goodreads

4: Bookish and the Beast, Ashley Poston (August)

I feel odd adding this one considering I haven’t yet read anything by this author, and therefore, who knows if I’ll like her writing. That said, this one sound fun, so… we’re going with it. Amazon | Goodreads

5: As Easy as Cherry Pie, Bell Renshaw (August)

This one sounds darling and given how much I enjoyed As Easy As Riding a Bike, I’m anxious to read Bell’s follow up cute romance. Amazon | Goodreads

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6: Well Played, Jen DeLuca (September)

Oh, look! Another book by an author I haven’t read yet. But as I said at the beginning, just because I’m excited about some of these doesn’t mean I’ll buy and/or read them. Amazon | Goodreads

7: The Code for Love and Heartbreak, Jillian Cantor (October)

An Emma (Jane Austen) with tech expertise. It sounds darling. Amazon | Goodreads

8: Jane in Love, Rachel Givney (October)

In this contemporary romance, Jane Austen travels to our modern world where she finds love. I’m SO hopeful this one will be a tribute to Austen and her style despite its contemporary setting because golly, it sure sounds cute. Amazon | Goodreads

9: Love Your Life, Sophie Kinsella (October)

Yes, Sophie Kinsella is another author whose books I have not read. Still, they sound fun, so why not add her latest to the stack of books I’m interested (and hopefully will enjoy) in reading. Amazon | Goodreads

10: In a Holidaze, Christina Lauren (October)

When it comes to this one I have a strong feeling the tag of I-don’t-care-for-this-book will be attached. This because I’ve read one and a half books by this writing duo, and just cannot like their novels. (No matter how much I want to.) That said, I’m adding this one because it’s a seasonal read which we all know I’m a softie for, and I’d like to think if any of their novels can win me over, it’d be this. Amazon | Goodreads

11: A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow, Laura Taylor Namey (October)

Haven’t read The Library of Lost Things, but this followup novel by the same author looks so dang cute! I couldn’t help but bend to the peer pressures of its cuteness; and it sounds it too. Amazon | Goodreads

12: The Cul-De-Sac War, Melissa Ferguson (November)

Is it cool that I’m excited about this one having not read Melissa’s debut (yet)? Cannot wait to meet Chip and Bree. Amazon | Goodreads

13: Things We Didn’t Say, Amy Green (November)

A new epistolary novel by a debut author (who is actually a publicist with the publisher where her book is being published), this is a historical novel I’m quite curious about. Do you like the epistolary style? Amazon | Goodreads

14: Instant Karma, Marissa Meyer (November)

Is it odd that I’ve never read a novel by Marissa Meyer, but am still pumped about this one? If you’re curious as to “why,” it’s because this one is a contemporary novel – which will be a genre debut for this author, and is of course, my favorite of them all! Amazon | Goodreads

15: The Dress Shop on King Street, Ashely Clark (December)  

A debut (of a full-length novel), this is historical fiction about a woman who pins “all her hopes on a future in fashion design.” Sounds really interesting and I love that it has an angle on the world of fashion in a historical setting. Amazon | Goodreads

What about you? Which second-half-of-the-year Anticipated Books of 2020 are YOU most excited for? Are any of these on your list? What titles made your list? Comment all of your thoughts down below.


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  • Greg June 29, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    Paris Is Always A Good Idea does sound quite good. I went over to Goodreads to check it out and yup- that sounds like it has lots of potential. Gonna add that one I think. :)

    Thanks and have a super week!

    • Rissi JC July 4, 2020 at 3:57 pm

      I think so too! Hope we both enjoy, Greg – and thanks for the visit. :)

  • Michael June 29, 2020 at 11:55 pm

    Oooo some great books and gorgeous covers! Hurriedly adding to my TBR as I read these lists! Thanks for sharing and Happy TTT!
    My list is here

    • Rissi JC July 4, 2020 at 3:00 pm

      I love a good cover – and yes, many of these feature some really pretty ones. :) Thanks for the visit.

  • Marg June 30, 2020 at 5:16 am

    Paris is Always a Good Idea sounds like a good idea to me, always!

    • Rissi JC July 4, 2020 at 3:00 pm

      YES! Love how you put that, Marg. So true. :)

  • Lydia June 30, 2020 at 5:51 am

    I hope you enjoy all of these titles!

    My TTT .

    • Rissi JC July 4, 2020 at 3:00 pm

      Thank you, Lydia. I hope so too.

  • Dini @ dinipandareads June 30, 2020 at 7:29 am

    Great list! I love the covers for all of these books 😍 I’m such a sucker for a good cover and I feel like adding all of these to my TBR based on them alone! LOL I had Well Played on my list too and I’m so excited for it! Hope you enjoy all these reads :)

    • Rissi JC July 4, 2020 at 3:38 pm

      SAME, Dini. Same. I’m a cover snob, so those with pretty designs are forever and always “click bait” for me. ;) Hope you enjoy all of your anticipated reads, too – and thanks for the visit!

  • allison June 30, 2020 at 8:41 am

    I wasn’t aware of many of these books, but they all look so good! I’ll definitely add it to my tbr

    • Rissi JC July 4, 2020 at 3:00 pm

      YAY for stacking up that TBR. Hope you find some to enjoy, Allison. :)

  • Dedra @ A Book Wanderer June 30, 2020 at 9:53 am

    How did I not know Sophie Kinsella had a new book?? I’ve enjoyed the three stand-alones I’ve read from her, some more than others, but she’s always a good escape. I’m off to look this one up! Great list!

    • Rissi JC July 4, 2020 at 2:59 pm

      I’ve never read a novel by Sophie, but they always sound cuute! Hoping I’ll give some of her books a read someday. :) Thanks for visiting, Dedra.

  • Astilbe June 30, 2020 at 10:01 am

    I can’t wait for Bookish and the Beast.

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  • Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse June 30, 2020 at 11:40 am

    Well Played made my list today, too. I hope we both love it!

    • Rissi JC July 4, 2020 at 2:46 pm

      Same! Hope we both enjoy these reads – though first I need to read “Well Met.” ;)

  • Amber Elise @ Du Livre June 30, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    I am VERY excited for Well Played and The Roommate!

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    • Rissi JC July 4, 2020 at 2:53 pm

      I haven’t read Jen DeLuca’s first novel, but I hope to soon and therefore, I’m eager for this second book too. Hope we enjoy these anticipated reads – and thanks so much for the visit, Amber! :)

  • Cindy June 30, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    I normally don’t love contemporary romance, but I’m going to have to check out Jane in Love!

    Here’s my list:

    • Rissi JC July 4, 2020 at 2:46 pm

      I thought that one sounded/looked REALLY good. Hope you enjoy if you read it, Cindy. :)

  • Jess @ Jessticulates June 30, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    Great list! Well Played made my list this week, too, and In a Holidaze looks so festive and fun.

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    • Rissi JC July 4, 2020 at 2:45 pm

      I agree! Christina Lauren’s looks way festive. Hoping its the book that I like from them. :) Thanks for the visit, Jess.

  • Angela June 30, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    I can’t wait for the new Sophie Kinsella book!

    • Rissi JC July 4, 2020 at 2:45 pm

      I didn’t know it existed until putting this together, but it looks cute. :)

  • Donna July 1, 2020 at 3:05 pm

    I can’t wait to cuddle up and read In A Holidaze this winter!

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    • Rissi JC July 4, 2020 at 2:29 pm

      It sounds cuuute! I’m hoping this just MAY be the book that helps me to like this author writing duo. :)

  • Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight July 2, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    The cover for Paris is AMAZING, as is Bookish and the Beast! And Cuban Girl’s Guide! Honestly they are just a few in a sea of beautiful covers you have here! I am curious about Bookish and the Beast and Cuban Girl’s Guide too! Great choices!

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    • Rissi JC July 4, 2020 at 12:58 pm

      I’m all about a good Paris story, and who doesn’t love a solid re-telling? YES! Doesn’t ‘Cuban Girl’ look fun?? Eager to learn more about that one. :) Thanks so much for the visit, Shannon.

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