Last updated on March 3, 2020
Since this week has been focused on the magic of reading, today I thought I would share with you the top 5 books I’m excited to read in the next season. The following are books that will be published in spring 2020 to early summer 2020.
The Illustrated Letters of Oscar Wilde, selected and introduced by Juliet Gardiner
“ ‘I don’t regret for a single moment having lived for pleasure. I did it to the full, as one should do…’ Oscar Wilde. Explore the life of Oscar Wilde through his own words, lavishly illustrated with paintings, photos, cartoons, and caricatures.” (Goodreads) The book’s pub date is June 2, 2020 and is published by Batsford. Why I want to read it: I’ve always admired the work of Oscar Wilde. His name gave me the inspiration to name the blog Wilde About Books. I look forward to learning more about an author so misunderstood.
The Night Watchman, Louise Erdrich
“Erdrich returns to North Dakota’s Turtle Mountain Reservation for this novel about a young Chippewa woman and her uncle, the chairman of the Turtle Mountain Advisory Committee, the tribe’s lead defender against the Termination Act of 1953.” (Publishers Weekly) The book’s pub date is March 3, 2020 and is published by Harper. Why I want to read it: While this book is literary fiction, I believe it will be insightful into the time and the people involved in trying to stop the termination and relocation of Native American tribes. We can’t go back and change the horrors of American history, but, hopefully with a book like this, we’ll be inspired to create a better future.
What We Carry: A Memoir, Maya Shanbhag
“Lang (The Sixteenth of June) delivers a stirring memoir exploring the fraught relationships between mothers and daughters,” says PW’s review. The book’s pub date is April 28, 2020 and is published by Dial. Why I want to read it: The memoir genre is what I love to read and write, so I’m always game for a good memoir, especially one about mothers and daughters. And, the title is intriguingly profound.
Chain of Gold, Cassandra Clare
“Cassandra Clare continues to play in her popular Shadowhunters universe with Chain of Gold, the first book in a new trilogy. Cordelia is a Shadowhunter who wants to defy her mother by being a hero instead of a bride, but her new life in London takes a turn when demons attack, leaving the city quarantined.” (POPSUGAR) The book’s pub date is March 3, 2020 and is published by Margaret K. McElderry Books. Why I want to read it: Who doesn’t love Shadowhunters? The books are incredible; The show is addicting. What more is there to say?
Pale Colors in a Tall Field, Carl Philips
“Writing on memory’s longevity and reach with poignancy and metaphorical subtlety, Phillips explores the self through what’s retained, reflecting on the relationship of thought to the body.” (Publishers Weekly) The book’s pub date is March 3, 2020 and is published by Macmillan. Why I want to read it: I’m a sucker for contemporary poetry. My favorite poet currently is Atticus, but I’m definitely open to reader others, especially with poems about the exploration of self and longevity of memory. Also, I often write about these topics, so I’m looking forward to seeing how Carl Philips does it.
What are y’all excited to read this year? Let me know in the comments. Happy reading!