Most Anticipated Novels of 2020

With the New Year – and the New Decade – having finally arrived, it is time to turn my attention to the year ahead. And by that, I obviously mean which books I plan on reading this year. As usual, this list is predominantly YA Fantasy and/or Science Fiction, but since I am attempting to branch out (and as some of my favourite authors migrate to the Adult demographic), some other books have made it onto this list! That being said – this list is by no means inclusive, as it lists the novels I am most excited to read this year, not those which are (overall) most anticipated by the reading community at large.

*Please note that the following dates are based upon information provided by Indigo Books & Music Inc, and/or Goodreads, and that the below dates reflect the expected release date of a given book in Canada, as it is listed on January 1, 2020. Release dates are subject to change. 


 January 2020

  • One of Us is Next by Karen M Mcmanus (Release Date: January 7, 2020)
  • Nameless Queen by Rebecca Mclaughlin (Release Date: January 7, 2020)
  • Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim (Release Date: January 7, 2020)
  • Infinity Son (The Infinity Cycle) by Adam Silvera (Release Date: January 14, 2020)
  • Diamond City by Francesca Flores (Release Date: January 28, 2020)

February 2020

  • The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne (Release Date: February 4, 2020)
  • Ember Queen by Laura Sebastian (Release Date: February 4, 2020)
  • Storm from the East by Joanna Hathaway (Release Date: February 11, 2020)
  • The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller (Release Date: February 25, 2020)
  • Red Hood by Elana K Arnold (Release Date: February 25, 2020)

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March 2020

  • House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City) by Sarah J Maas (Release Date: March 3, 2020)
  • Havenfall by Sara Holland (Release Date: March 3, 2020)
  • Bone Crier’s Moon by Kathryn Purdie (Release Date: March 3, 2020)
  • The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski (Release Date: March 3, 2020)
  • Night of the Dragon by Julie Kagawa (Release Date: March 31, 2020)

April 2020

  • Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan (Release Date: April 7, 2020)
  • The Empire of Dreams by Rae Carson (Release Date: April 7, 2020)
  • Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth (Release Date: April 7, 2020)
  • Deadly Curious by Cindy Antsey (Release Date: April 14, 2020)


May 2020

  • The Notorious Virtues by Alwyn Hamilton (Release Date: May 5, 2020)
  • The Betrothed by Kiera Cass (Release Date: May 5, 2020)
  • House of Dragons by Jessica Cluess (Release Date: May 12, 2020)
  • The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel) by Susanne Collins (Release Date: May 19, 2020)
  • The Archer at Dawn by Swati Teerdhala (Release Date: May 26, 2020)
  • The Paper Girls of Paris by Jordyn Taylor (Release Date: May 26, 2020)

June 2020

  • A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown (Release Date: June 2, 2020)
  • The Damned by Renee Ahdieh (Release Date: June 9, 2020)
  • Igniting Darkness by Robin Lafevers (Release Date: June 20, 2020)
  • Forest of Souls by Julie M Lee (Release Date: June 23, 2020)


July 2020

  • The Crow Rider by Kalyn Josephson (Release Date: July 1, 2020)
  • Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim (Release Date: July 7, 2020)
  • The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning (Release Date: July 7, 2020)
  • The Faithless Hawk by Margaret Owen (Release Date: July 28, 2020)

August 2020

  • Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch and Kristen Summons (Release Date: August 4, 2020)
  • Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar (Release Date: August 11, 2020)
  • Reign by Cora Carmack (Release Date: August 25, 2020)


September 2020

  • American Royals 2: Majesty (Release Date: September 1, 2020)
  • Fable by Adrienne Young (Release Date: September 1, 2020)
  • Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody (Release Date: September 1, 2020)
  • Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin (Release Date: September 1, 2020)
  • A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore (Release Date: September 1, 2020)
  • As the Shadow Rises by Katy Rose Pool (Release Date: September 1, 2020)
  • Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff (Release Date: September 3, 2020)
  • The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi (Release Date: September 22, 2020)

October 2020

  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (Release Date: October 6, 2020)
  • Lightbringer by Claire Legrand (Release Date: October 13, 2020)
  • Kingdom of the Wicked #1 by Kerri Maniscalco (Release Date: October 27, 2020)

November 2020

  • Cast in Firelight by Dana Swift (Release Date: November 17, 2020)

December 2020

  • A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir (Release Date: December 1, 2020)


Undated 2020 Releases

Some other books that I am looking forward to reading – but which do not have confirmed release dates as of yet – can be found below. As they do not have a confirmed release date yet – or even titles, for the most part – there is no way to know if they will actually hit shelves in 2020. But a bookworm can hope … right?

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses #4 by Sarah J Maas
  • Nikolai Duology #2 by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Witchlands #4 by Susan Dennard
  • Tempests and Slaughter #2 (The Numair Chronicles) by Tamora Pierce
  • Girls of Paper and Fire #3 by Natasha Ngan
  • Legacy of Orisha #3 by Tomi Adeyemi

Once again, this is a personal list that reflects my own reading interests – not a holistic list of all books of a specific demographic or genre being released during the year 2020. For a more comprehensive list, I suggest browsing Goodreads (it’s always a good place to start), or checking out the list being managed and compiled by Book Birds (seriously, it’s fantastic!)

Happy Reading!


4 thoughts on “Most Anticipated Novels of 2020

  1. Ooh thank you this was so useful! I’m so excited for the new Veronica Roth novel. And man I hope ACOTAR #4 comes out vaguely soon….!


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