Spring is approaching! And with it comes longer and warmer days to spend in the garden reading. There are so many new releases coming out over Spring 2020, but here are six books that I can’t wait to come out over the next couple of months.
From romance to science fiction, there is a novel for everyone on my book list. Including highly anticipated reads from the bookish community, such as; The Glass Hotel and Godshot. Here are six Spring book releases that you must read.
1. The Glass Hotel
By Emily St. John Mandel
Release date: 24 – March – 2020
Genre: Mystery, Psychological Fiction
Appearing across so many March Book release lists, the highly anticipated novel The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel, is a book worth getting excited about. If you are familiar with the author’s previous (award-winning and bestselling) work, Station Eleven, you will know that Mandel’s writing style is like no other.
Vincent is the beautiful bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star glass-and-cedar palace on the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island. New York financier Jonathan Alkaitis owns the hotel. When he passes Vincent his card with a tip, it’s the beginning of their life together. That same day, a hooded figure scrawls a note on the windowed wall of the hotel: ‘Why don’t you swallow broken glass.’ Leon Prevant, a shipping executive for a company called Neptune-Avramidis, sees the note from the hotel bar and is shaken to his core. Thirteen years later Vincent mysteriously disappears from the deck of a Neptune-Avramidis ship.
Weaving together the lives of these characters, Emily St. John Mandel’s The Glass Hotel moves between the ship, the towers of Manhattan, and the wilderness of remote British Columbia, painting a breathtaking picture of greed and guilt, fantasy and delusion, art and the ghosts of our pasts.
By Chelsea Bieker
Release date: 7 – April – 2020
Genre: Youth Novel
Mentioned by Oprah, Buzzfeed, Electric Literature and so many others as a future must-read, Godshot touches on feminism, motherhood and friendship, with a gothic edge.
Drought has settled on the town of Peaches, California. The area of the Central Valley where fourteen-year-old Lacey May and her alcoholic mother live was once an agricultural paradise. Now it’s an environmental disaster, a place of cracked earth and barren raisin farms. In their desperation, residents have turned to a cult leader named Pastor Vern for guidance. He promises, through secret “assignments,” to bring the rain everybody is praying for.
Lacey has no reason to doubt the pastor. But then her life explodes in a single unimaginable act of abandonment: her mother, exiled from the community for her sins, leaves Lacey and runs off with a man she barely knows. Abandoned and distraught, Lacey May moves in with her widowed grandma, Cherry, who is more concerned with her taxidermy mouse collection than her own granddaughter. As Lacey May endures the increasingly appalling acts of men who want to write all the rules and begins to uncover the full extent of Pastor Vern’s shocking plan to bring fertility back to the land, she decides she must go on a quest to find her mother no matter what it takes. With her only guidance coming from the romance novels she reads and the unlikely companionship of the women who knew her mother, she must find her own way through unthinkable circumstances.
Possessed of an unstoppable plot and a brilliantly soulful voice, Godshot is a book of grit and humour and heart, a debut novel about female friendship and resilience, mother-loss and motherhood, and seeking salvation in unexpected places. It introduces a writer who gives Flannery O’Connor’s Gothic parables a Californian twist and who emerges with a miracle that is all her own.
3. Chosen Ones
By Veronica Roth
Release date: 7 – April – 2020
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Fiction, Adult
Veronica Roth is the incredible author who wrote the Divergent Trilogy, which I absolutely adored when it was released. Chosen Ones sees Roth stepping away from the Young Adult Genre and into the adult fiction world. Now that I am a little older too, I cannot wait to delve into Chosen Ones.
Fifteen years ago, five ordinary teenagers were singled out by a prophecy to take down an impossibly powerful entity wreaking havoc across North America. He was known as the Dark One, and his weapon of choice—catastrophic events known as Drains—leveled cities and claimed thousands of lives. Chosen Ones, as the teens were known, gave everything they had to defeat him.
After the Dark One fell, the world went back to normal . . . for everyone but them. After all, what do you do when you’re the most famous people on Earth, your only education was in magical destruction, and your purpose in life is now fulfilled?
Of the five, Sloane has had the hardest time adjusting. Everyone else blames the PTSD—and her huge attitude problem—but really, she’s hiding secrets from them . . . secrets that keep her tied to the past and alienate her from the only four people in the world who understand her.
On the tenth anniversary of the Dark One’s defeat, something unthinkable happens: one of the Chosen Ones dies. When the others gather for the funeral, they discover the Dark One’s ultimate goal was much bigger than they, the government, or even prophecy could have foretold—bigger than the world itself.
And this time, fighting back might take more than Sloane has to give.
4. Three Hours in Paris
By Cara Black
Release date: 7 – April – 2020
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Historical Fiction, Spy Fiction, Historical Mystery, World War ll
Growing up with family members in the military, I have always had an interest in war novels. Three Hours in Paris is a fictional novel set around World War ll, focussing on a markswoman who has been set the task of assassinating Hitler. I am excited to read a war novel involving a female protagonist taking action!
Kate Rees, a young American markswoman, has been recruited by British intelligence to drop into Paris with a dangerous assignment: assassinate the Führer. Wrecked by grief after a Luftwaffe bombing killed her husband and infant daughter, she is armed with a rifle, a vendetta, and a fierce resolve. But other than rushed and rudimentary instruction, she has no formal spy training. Thrust into the red-hot centre of the war, a country girl from rural Oregon finds herself holding the fate of the world in her hands. When Kate misses her mark and the plan unravels, Kate is on the run for her life—all the time wrestling with the suspicion that the whole operation was a set-up.
Cara Black, doyenne of the Parisian crime novel, is at her best as she brings Occupation-era France to vivid life in this gripping story about one young woman with the temerity—and drive—to take on Hitler himself.
By Patrick Ness
Release date: 7 – May – 2020
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction
Patrick Ness, the man responsible for the beautiful, tear-inducing novel, A Monster Calls, releases yet another potential masterpiece. I have been intending to give his other work a shot and I think Burn will be the perfect book to do so. You can expect seamless real-world meets fantasy in Ness’s extraordinary work.
In 1956 Sarah Dewhurst’s father shocks her by hiring a dragon to work the farm. The dragon is a smaller blue rather than the traditional larger reds, though even the reds are now scarce. When the blue dragon, Kazimir, unexpectedly saves Sarah and her friend Jason Inagawa from the attentions of the racist police deputy, Kelby, everything changes. Sarah is part of a prophecy and she must escape the clutches of Malcolm, an assassin from a Believer Cell, the dragon-worshiping cult. When Sarah, Malcolm and Kazimir eventually converge, they are thrown into another universe, where dragons seem never to have existed. Can they save this world and the one they left?
6. The Jane Austen Society
By Natalie Jenner
Release date: 26 – May – 2020
Genre: Romance novel, Historical Fiction
Written by the author of The Jane Austen Book Club, The Jane Austen Society is the next book by Natalie Jenner. When I picked up The Jane Austen Book Club, it was not what I was expecting, however, it went on to be a major guilty pleasure for me. Although the two books have similar titles, from what it seems they couldn’t be more different, with The Jane Austen Society being set way back during the Second World War.
I get along much better with historical fiction, that novels set within our time, so I am excited to see if I adore this book as much as I did Jenner’s first novel.
It’s only a few months since the war ended but the little village of Chawton is about to be hit by another devastating blow. The heart of the community and site of Jane Austen’s cherished former home, Chawton estate is in danger of being sold to the highest bidder.
Eight villagers are brought together by their love for the famous author’s novels, to create The Jane Austen Society. As new friendships form and the pain of the past begins to heal, surely they can find a way to preserve Austen’s legacy before it is too late?
And there may even be a few unexpected surprises along the way…
What will you be reading this Spring?
Haven’t found your next read in this list? Take a look at some of my previous booklists: