Usually, I’m not the kind of person who cares much about new releases. They’re fun, sure, but time-proven classics tend to grab my attention more than brand new books. However, while drafting my monthly TBR list for November, I realized that there are a few books releasing soon which I am very excited about, and I want to share that excitement with you! I haven’t seen a lot of hype about most of these, so they are all due a bit of attention. Without further ado, here are 5 upcoming releases I’m looking forward to very much!
Fifteen by Amie Woleslagle
Expected Publication: October 23, 2020 by Pixy Publishing
Let’s start with one that currently has a launch blog party going on! Fifteen is a beautiful poetry collection featuring poems about mental health, spiritual health, friendships, and more. It is by turns heartbreaking and empowering, and always beautiful. Ultimately, this is a testament to finding the only reliable source of hope and joy. The blog tour started October 10 and includes a virtual scavenger hunt and giveaway; you can find the starting page here.
*I received a complimentary earc of this book.
A Very Bookish Thanksgiving by various authors (Sarah Holman, Kelsey Bryant, Rebekah Jones, J. Grace Pennington, & Amanda Tero)
Expected Publication: October 26, 2020
Genre: Short story anthology featuring contemporary stories inspired by classics
Last year, four authors created the limited edition anthology A Very Bookish Christmas. I was disappointed when I realized I missed the window of opportunity to read the collection, especially after reading one of the novellas which was later published separately (Sincerely, Jem by Kate Willis). When A Very Bookish Thanksgiving was announced, I knew I did not want to miss out again! I’m especially excited for Amanda Tero’s story in the collection: A Fine Day Tomorrow, inspired by Little Women. Tero wrote one of the best books I have so far read in 2020, A Strand of Hope. I am part of the launch team for this book, so you will be hearing more about it throughout this month and next!
Faithful in Love (Cliff Walk Cousins #1) by Cecily K. Wolfe
Expected Publication: October 29, 2020
Genre: Young Aduly Historical Christian Romance
I have been looking forward to this series since I finished Wolfe’s Cliff Walk Courtships trilogy! Her books are reliably sweet, clean, and beautifully written. I can’t wait to read this new series!
My reviews of the Cliff Walk Courtships trilogy: Throne of Grace (initial review), Throne of Grace (audiobook review), Crown of Beauty, and Treasure of Hope.
Wolfe is also half of the writing team behind the Romany Romance Short Story Collection, which I reviewed here.
Unlocked (Keeper of the Lost Cities #8.5) by Shannon Messenger
Expected Publication: November 17, 2020 by Aladdin
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
This is the only book on this list which I have heard much about outside of my own sphere, and there is no question why! Although the later books in the series haven’t quite lived up to the standard set by the first, I have greatly enjoyed the series as a whole. The character growth is impressive, the storyline continues to hook me, and with every page I cannot wait to see what happens next! There has been a little bit of drama about this book; originally, Messenger had planned to publish book 9 (title currently unknown) this year, and end the series. However, after finishing book 9 she said that she felt the need to fill in a lot of gaps between Legacy (book 8) and the new book. Thus, book 8.5 was written and slated for this year instead. I’m currently reading Legacy, and I’m glad that when I finish it I won’t have to wait too long for the next book! I think I am #12 on my library’s waiting list, so I won’t get to read it right away, but it still will be better than if the book wasn’t even published yet.
The Silence by Don DeLillo
Expected Publication: October 20, 2020 by Scribner
Genre: Near-Future Apocalyptic Fiction?
During my senior year of college I read DeLillo’s book White Noise, and used it as the foundation for several papers in both the literature class it was assigned in and the philosophy classes I was also taking. I’ve wanted to read more of DeLillo’s work ever since, but haven’t gotten around to it. Seeing that he has a new novel coming out soon about what would happen to life without digital connections makes this seem like the perfect opportunity. Like White Noise, I anticipate The Silence will be a critique of modern (postmodern? post-postmodern?) life, and I am hopeful it will also contain the kind of enjoyable plot which made White Noise so effective.
What are you looking forward to this season?
There is quite a variety of genres represented in this list, and I hope that at least one caught your attention! I am certain that all of these books deserve any attention they get.
Until the next chapter,
Ah, my coblogger loves Keeper of the Lost Cities! I read the first book and thought it was ok, but she is OBSESSED. 😀
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It’s such a good series!! Definitely not for everyone’s tastes though.