I’m waiting for… 2020 edition

Proving that I don’t actually care about my never-really-shrinking-TBR-list is this list of new releases that are on my radar for 2020.

There’s nothing new on my list (other bloggers have posted curated lists of 2020 releases and there are loads of comprehensive lists floating around, such as SMH) – I’m posting it simply to have a record of books to follow-up during the year.

For the superb covers alone…

Topics of Conversation by Miranda Popkey
Pine by Francine Toon
Nothing But Blue Sky by Kathleen MacMahon
Greenwood by Michael Christie

From authors I’ve read (and loved) before:

Actress by Anne Enright
A Good Neighbourhood by Therese Anne Fowler
Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh
Weather by Jenny Offill
Writers & Lovers by Lily King
Long Bright River by Liz Moore
The Motion of the Body Through Space by Lionel Shriver
Adults by Emma Jane Unsworth

Not my usual thing but I’m curious:

How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa
Verge by Lidia Yuknavitch
Why We Can’t Sleep by Ada Calhoun
Phosphorescence by Julia Baird
Only Happiness Here by Gabrielle Carey
The Golden Maze by Richard Fidler

For something light (and funny/ thrilling):

Last Couple Standing by Matthew Norman
Long Island Compromise by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
All Adults Here by Emma Straub
Pretty Things by Janelle Brown

The books that I am already seeing EVERYWHERE:

The Silent Treatment by Abbie Greaves
Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby
Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha


Stray by Stephanie Danler
I Want You to Know We’re Still Here by Esther Safran Foer
Smacked by Eilene Zimmerman
Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener
How We Love by Clementine Ford
Blueberries: essays concerning understanding by Ellena Savage

More from Australian authors:

All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton
Honeybee by Craig Silvey
The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld
Big Sky by Sofie Laguna
Sweetness and Light by Liam Pieper
We Were Never Friends by Margaret Bearman
Life After Truth by Ceridwen Dovey
One Hundred Days by Alice Pung

And thanks to Bookish Beck for reminding me of John Irving’s new book, Darkness As a Bride (seriously, how did I overlook Irving?!).

19 responses

  1. A new John Irving?? I suppose now’s the time to admit that I’ve never read anything of his. I always want to keep exploring my massive backlist but here I sit, staring at the 19 ARCs I’ve already accumulated for 2020. lol

  2. I have an ARC of Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano and am curious about it as you are. I’m afraid to look out for what’s coming out in 2020 – I know I will get tempted and thus undo all the good work I did to reduce the TBR

  3. Kate, you wear me out! So much enthusiasm for so many books I’ll never read (and unlike Mme B, I’ll be happy to skip Evie Wyld). Lidia Yuknavitch is one that caught my eye. I might wander down the library while I’m not getting any work (no one’s offering any and the roads are closed due to bush fires on the Nullarbor) and see what they have to broaden my horizons.

    • Yes, I was wondering whether the fires were affecting your getting work Bill. The ramifications are extensive. Might even stop our holiday next week!! Seriously though, the effect on people’s lives and livelihoods is immense isn’t it?

      • I’ve already paid a deposit on the trailer I want in Sydney, so I’m busting to get over there, but I’ve heard 5 more days till road opens. I wouldn’t normally try and find interstate work in January but I’ve already had a lot of time off.

      • Yes, you’d said that you’d had an earlier break. We are hearing that the road through Caiguna is closed until Monday at least. I do hope for all our sakes that you can get through soon – because if you can hopefully that means things are getting better!

  4. I plan to read the Danler and Foer memoirs. I have a proof of Dear Edward that I picked up at a publisher party, but it’s not a huge priority for me. I’ll be reading the Fowler soon for a BookBrowse review.

  5. I’m afraid I gave up on Irving a long while back. His masterpiece “A Prayer for Owen Meany” has never been matched, and while I read a few others after that, but gave up on “Until I Find You” which frustrated me with his ramblings and going off topic so I wasn’t sure what was going on.

  6. I love how you’ve broken out your categories- so much more clever than anything I was able to muster! We have some overlap, but I hadn’t looked past March so you’re added to my TBR.

    I finished Topics of Conversation and really had trouble with it. It’s got to be me because I am seeing so many raves about it as being a game-changer for women. I’ll be interested to see what you think.

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