10 Summer 2020 Releases I'm Highly Anticipating!

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Hi friends! I wanted to pop in today and share a short list of books I'm looking forward to. It also fits nicely with the Top Ten Tuesday prompt for today, which is "books on my summer 2020 TBR." I'll definitely be trying my best to get to most (if not all) of these as they come out. The first three are already out 😄


The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett • June 2nd
My mother-in-law gifted me a subscription to Book of the Month for Christmas (not last year, but the year before 🙈) and I finally started it with this one as my June pick. Of course it had to be this month, with all that's going on ðŸĪĶ‍♀️ ... but I wanted to wait and start it during a time I knew I'd be able to read what I choose. I know I didn't have to mention that, but there it is. Haha. Anyway, I'm excited about The Vanishing Half because a lot of people I follow on Instagram love Brit Bennett! I think it's about two Black (or mixed?) twins who end up living apart from each other and face different issues because of their history.

I'll Be the One by Lyla Lee • June 16th
I saw "K-Pop," so naturally it's on my tbr 😂 It follows Skye, a plus-sized girl who auditions to be a K-Pop star. I know the music industry in South Korea is something else entirely, so it'll be interesting to see how it plays out in the book! (I have very little knowledge about it, so you can bet I'll be asking my K-pop-loving friend to see how it holds up ðŸĪŠ)

You Say It First by Katie Cotugno • June 16th
I know the topics and themes that Katie Cotugno chooses to tell stories about is very polarizing, but I personally like the way she explores complicated issues (like in 99 Days).

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager • June 30th
After Lock Every Door became one of my favorite reads last year, I will read anything else Riley Sager writes!


Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power • July 7th
"The only thing Margot knows for sure is there's poison in their family tree, and their roots are dug so deeply into Phalene that now that she's there, she might never escape."

Mother Daughter Widow Wife by Robin Wasserman • July 7th
Another psychological thriller. Which, for some reason, I don't read a lot of but still carry the impression that I really love them? I don't know. (Note to self: I have to work on figuring out my book taste.) This one is about a woman who has "no memory of who she is, where she was going, or what she might have done." So ... like every other psychological thriller I have on my tbr, lol.

Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha • July 28th
All I saw in the description was Orphan Black and Avengers so yes, I'm here for it!!! I can't remember how I came across this, since I'm not familiar with the authors (Kit Rocha is a duo!) or any of their published works ... ðŸĪ”


Vicious Spirits by Kat Cho • August 18th
Wicked Fox, the first book in this series, was a very entertaining audiobook, so I'm eager to continue on. I haven't decided if I'll listen or read with my eyes yet ...

Now That I've Found You by Kristina Forest • August 25th
I just finished Forest's debut novel, I Wanna Be Where You Are, last week and am interested in reading more from her! (If you have any recommendations for YA novels by Black authors about Black teens experiencing life, please let me know! I am intentionally looking for more to read.)

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles • August 25th
Honestly, I don't know much about this one ... just that it's been compared to The Phantom of the Opera? There's even a chandelier on the cover 😂 During WB Reader Fest in April, DJ talked about this one multiple times and it sparked my interest!


I'd love to know which new releases you're looking forward to reading this summer!


  1. Omg I see so many releases I'm pumped for! I'm currently reading Burn Our Bodies down and it's really good so far!
    My TTT

  2. Now That I've Found You does sound like a good read.

    My TTT .

  3. I'll Be the One is so much fun! I hope you love it!

  4. I'll Be the One was amazing!! I really hope you love it and all these titles.

  5. I’m excited for Burn Our Bodies Down, even though I still haven’t read the author’s other book. I hope you love these books!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  6. You just reminded me to check out YOU SAY IT FIRST from my library ASAP! I also am really interested in I'LL BE THE ONE- that cover is stunning! Both seem like perfect summer reads :)

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