Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Reads For The First Half of 2020

Top Ten Tuesday #48

Happy Tuesday, Book Nerds! 

No, your eyes have not deceived you. I, Taylor of Nerd Narration, am actually participating in Top Ten Tuesday this week!! Crazy, right?? It’s been MONTHS since my last TTT post, but I’m finally diving back in, and I couldn’t be more excited. Screen Shot 2020-01-01 at 9.33.04 PMHosted by Jana at ThatArtsyReaderGirl, this week’s topic is “Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020.” And shockingly, I’m ACTUALLY participating in this week’s suggested prompt! Wild, I know!

There are a shockingly large amount of books I’m hyped for this year so to make my decision a little easier I’m only listing titles I don’t currently possess. Basically, I didn’t select any of the arcs I’m blessed to have copies of because they’ll be showing up on my blog via reviews, TBRs, and wrap ups. This way I can spread the word on another group of books I’m excited to read between now and June!

Everybody ready? Scroll on down to check out my: Top Ten Most Anticipated Reads For The First Half of 2020!Screen Shot 2020-01-01 at 9.33.04 PMbc1

1) This Vicious Cure by Emily Suvada

Releases: 01/21/20 ★ Current Rating: 4.85 ★ Number of Ratings: 27

One reason to read? It’s the concluding novel to one of my all-time favorite science fiction series. It’s the final chapter in the trilogy that brought This Mortal Squad together. And if that’s truly not enough read it because Emily Suvada is a badass that goes above and beyond for her readers.

2) House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas 

Releases: 03/03/20 ★ Current Rating: 4.40 ★ Number of Ratings: 564

One reason to read? Because that’s the best dang SJM cover we’ve ever seen. #FactsOnly Jokes aside, I’m intrigued af to read the romance scenes Maas is going to unleash in her first “non ya” title.

3) Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker

Releases: 03/03/20 ★ Current Rating: 3.94 ★ Number of Ratings: 18

One reason to read? The Simple Wild (book 1) was one of my favorite reads of 2018 and I, personally, cannot wait to get some more scenes devoted to my favorite Viking sky cowboy.

4) Time of Our Lives by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka

Releases: 04/21/20 ★ Current Rating: 4.37 ★ Number of Ratings: 43

One reason to read? This made my list purely because of the married duo’s previous novels. Both of which were modern-day Shakespeare retellings that I absolutely adored. And while this novel is breaking away from that mold, I’m confident (given their track record) that I’ll love this emotional coming-of-age tale.

5) The Betrothed by Kiera Cass

Releases: 05/05/20 ★ Current Rating: 4.18 ★ Number of Ratings: 66

One reason to read? I know a lot of people are calling this book a blatant Selection rewrite, but guess what? I really enjoyed The Selection series. I devoured that trilogy in 24 hours so as far as I’m concerned this is the book for me. As long as it’s nothing like Eadlyn’s follow up books…


6) The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins 

Releases: 05/19/20 ★ Current Rating: 4.07 ★ Number of Ratings: 6,286

One reason to read? Because it’s the MF Hunger Games, y’all. *Insert “volunteering as tribute” joke when/if arcs become available*

7) Fence: Rivals by C.S. Pacat & Illustrated by Johanna the Mad

Releases: 05/19/20 ★ Current Rating: 4.44 ★ Number of Ratings: 9

One reason to read? This series was my first foray into the graphic novel world and I still thank my lucky stars for the blessings. I’m in love with the diverse fencing team of Kings Row and need this next installment pronto.

8) The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant 

Releases: 06/02/20 ★ Current Rating: 4.18 ★ Number of Ratings: 79

One reason to read? A fantasy retelling of Les Mis? Les Freaking Mis!! I know I’m not “On My Own” when I say seeing: “for anyone who knows that Eponine deserved so much more,” on the Goodreads profile page got me all in my feels.

9) I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick 

Releases: 06/02/20 ★ Current Rating: 4.50 ★ Number of Ratings: 20

One reason to read? When early reviews consistently comment on how smart, unique, creative, and inventive a Sadie-esque novel is, odds are, I’m immediately hunting the novel down. And I think it took me all of 60 seconds before I was penning an impassioned plea to the folks at Edelweiss for an advanced copy of this YA thriller.

10) Take A Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

Releases: 06/23/20 ★ Current Rating: 4.38 ★ Number of Ratings: 8

One reason to read? After falling hard for Chloe’s story late last year, I knew my list wouldn’t be complete without this companion novel. A fake-dating synopsis giving off strong Picture Perfect vibes, but with a way more interesting cast? Sign me up. Sign me up, today!

Screen Shot 2020-01-01 at 9.33.04 PMAnd because it’s 2020 I’m throwing in another 10 honorable mentions. That’s right! A Top 20 in 2020!

bc1bc2Screen Shot 2020-01-01 at 9.33.04 PMOkay guys! That’s my “Top 10” picks for the week. Did we share any titles? Did I inspire you to add any of these reads to your TBR list? Are you lucky enough to have arcs of any of these titles? Let me know below! 

And, as always: Happy Reading!Screen Shot 2020-01-01 at 9.33.04 PM





62 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Reads For The First Half of 2020

  1. LairOfBooks says:

    YASSS to more of our favorite Viking sky cowboy!!! * heart eyes* we are definitely not good for each others TBR’s btw, Yes I did send a request via Edelweiss just now for I KILLED ZOE SPANOS smh…#noregrets but also I don’t have high hopes causes Simon is a toughie to crack lol. I’ve never read anything by Jen Bennett but that cover for Chasing Lucky legit gives me *heart eyes* every time we cross paths. I think it’s safe to say we have our work cut out for us in 2020 haha! but seriously, I could use a buddy read partner 🙂

    Love you! ❤


  2. foreverlostinlit says:

    I’m so curious about House of Earth and Blood–I feel like I have no idea what to expect and that almost makes me more excited? The Court of Miracles sounds fantastic as well, I love that it’s a fantasy retelling of Les Mis! I hope you get a chance to read all of these. 🙂

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    • Nerd Narration says:

      Totally with you! Good or bad I’ll be reading House because the intrigue is just too high! And I’m always going to stan anything related to Les Mis so I’m very happy people are getting hyped for Court.


    • Nerd Narration says:

      Oh my gosh I don’t know how you stopped without finish that trilogy. I know I was much younger when I read them, but I was consumed by the pull of the first 3 books. But yeah she definitely gets spoiled with beautiful covers.


  3. Dedra @ A Book Wanderer says:

    The Honey-Don’t List is on my list. And I’m so eager to get my hands on The Simple Wild! I’ve seen so much buzz for it. Then I can pick up the next one. 😉

    Happy Reading! My TTT

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  4. Kelly | Another Book in the Wall says:

    Great list, love!!! I am DYING to read This Vicious Cure, Chasing Lucky, and Time Of Our Lives! The new Suzanne Collins book is also way up there on my most anticipated releases list! 2020 is definitely going to be quite the year for reading! Hopefully my wallet can keep up with my reading habits haha.

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    • Nerd Narration says:

      Thanks, Kelly!! I’m so glad to see so many people hyped for Suvada’s next book! But you’re totally right about our poor wallets. Hopefully we’re able to read — and afford lol — all the books we’re hyped for in 2020!

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