Are you looking for diverse, global, and historical fiction in 2020? Uncover some of our most anticipated February 2020 book releases and books that inspire travel to different places and times. See our current February reading list with older titles, too.
Although I love to read and point out older, hidden gems, The Uncorked Librarian feels a little left out this year. *Whimpers in a super whiny, fake sobbing voice*: I want to talk about upcoming new book releases too.
And why can’t I? ARCS are my b*tch.
Every year, publishers produce more and more international reads, books set during WWII, diverse and multicultural titles, and books that are heavily set in a location. AND I AM ON IT THIS YEAR!
The February 2020 book releases on NetGalley, Amazon, and Goodreads look amazing.
As a newer feature to TUL, I want to share the books that are in my NetGalley/Advanced Reading Copy queue for the upcoming months, new books that I’ve read, titles that look downright devour-worthy, and upcoming releases that I think are worth pointing out.
Some, I’ll try to read in advance to let you know if I think they are worth the hype, and others will remain on my wish list, too. Our 2020 reading challenge is keeping me pretty busy along with travel.
Then, keep scrolling to see what other books I am currently reading–both new and old–for January and February 2020.
P.S. After a ton of thought, my blogging bestie, Kathy at Tasty Itinerary, and I came up with a name for this new feature: Book Buzzed… Get it!? Buzz-worthy books for your wine buzz? DON’T SUE ME BOOK BUB.
February 2020 Book Releases
What February 2020 new releases am I currently reading, eyeing, or thinking TUL readers *might* love?
*All books marked with an asterisk are upcoming releases and ARCs that I requested in exchange for a fair and honest review.
The Light After The War by Anita Abriel
February 4, 2020
WWII Historical Fiction
Inspired by a true story, The Light After The War is a February 2020 new release that I plan on reading for our September WWII reading challenge theme.
Two Jewish friends survive the Holocaust, escaping a train to Auschwitz and taking refuge on an Austrian farm. They must start their lives anew on a journey that sends them around the world. Amazon | Goodreads
The Gravity Of Us by Phil Stamper
February 4, 2020*
LGBT YA Fiction
Cal’s parents keep up the facade of being the perfect American family. He dreams of being a journalist with an upcoming BuzzFeed internship. With plans thwarted as his parents move the family from Brooklyn to Houston to work on a NASA mission to Mars, Cal starts falling for an astronaut’s son. Amazon | Goodreads
Things In Jars by Jess Kidd
February 10, 2020*
Literary Gothic and Historical Thriller | Mystery
TW: Animal Cruelty/Death
Mermaids and dancing tattoos? Yes, please.
Starring a female murder investigator and set on the streets of paranoid Victorian England, this unique 2020 February book release is both fantastical and a tad grotesque–but in a bizarrely good way.
Bridie Devine–who reminds me a lot of a red-headed Jessica Jones–must uncover who kidnapped Christabel Berwick, a girl with supernatural ‘powers.’ If you like impish mermaids, this Gothic story is for you.
However, Things In Jars is less about Cristabel and more about a life of torment and perseverance. Most appealing is the ghostly sidekick and haunting romance paired with a long string of mysterious but not quite random murders.
Kidd weaves characters and timelines together seamlessly. With somewhat of a nightmarish surrealism, Things In Jars is incredibly vivid and dense in imagery and language, which is refreshing for an adult murder mystery/fantasy. P.S. This ain’t no cozy mystery.
The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
February 18, 2020*
Paranormal Suspense & Thrilling Mystery
Back in 1982, Carly Kirk’s Aunt Viv mysteriously disappeared from the Sun Down Motel in upstate New York. With her mother’s recent death and a love for true crime, Carly heads off to the little cursed town of Fell to investigate her aunt’s disappearance from 30 years ago.
In a thrilling and chilling timeline that jumps back and forth between Carly’s story in 2017 and her Aunt Viv’s in 1982, meet the scary AF ghosts at the Sun Down Motel. Smell the endless cigarette smoke, get locked in with the candy machine, and watch the drug deals and affairs go down while a young boy runs for the pool.
Will Carly uncover the mystery of her aunt’s disappearance before getting caught up in a deadly tragedy of her own?
The Sun Down Motel is one of my favorite new February 2020 book releases, and one that you will devour into the night…with all of the lights on and doors tightly shut. I’m pretty sure The Sun Down Motel will be one of the top books of 2020.
The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica
February 18, 2020
I’ve seen The Other Mrs. sitting in some book blogger’s DNF piles, but I’m still eyeing this one.
Sadie and Will have just moved from Chicago to small-town Maine. Soon after, Morgan Baines is found dead in her coastal home, putting everyone on edge. With Kubica’s usual twist and turns, find a novel full of lies and family secrets. Amazon | Goodreads
The Splendid And The Vile by Erik Larson
February 25, 2020
WWII Biography and Historical Nonfiction
Erik Larson brings Winston Churchill’s courage, determination, and British leadership to life during WWII. Pulling from diaries and once-secret government documents, readers not only see Churchill as a political figure but also as a family man. Amazon | Goodreads
Recent Reading List/Mini-Reviews
Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker
Nonfiction Wine Books
I read Cork Dork as part of January’s Uncorked 2020 Reading Challenge’s theme: books that change your perspective.
Bosker is downright hilarious and taught me just how much training goes into becoming a sommelier. Readers gain a better appreciation and understanding of wine; yet, Bosker also addresses the skepticism and elitism behind the industry. Is wine tasting sometimes just BS?
If you want to learn about the underground world of sommeliers and service, Cork Dork is for you.
In Cork Dork, Bosker mentions the podcast, I’ll Drink To That. If you are interested in wine history, check it out. Although some of the wine talk is a bit over my head, I find the precision fascinating. The last episode I listened to talked about WWII and winemaking. Amazon | Goodreads
Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
Self-Help, Motivation Nonfiction
It’s no secret that as part of the Uncorked 2020 Annual Reading Challenge, I read and then slammed down my opinions for Girl, Stop Apologizing.
The verdict: I didn’t understand the hype surrounding Hollis’ two new books, and I probably won’t be reading another by her. Hollis seemed to talk at the reader versus motivate, and I didn’t find her inspiration original, mind-blowing, or unique.
I also found Hollis a tad condescending, overly prideful in her stories, and unconsciously spoiled/privileged. I rolled my eyes more than a few times.
However, I know that Hollis has also changed women’s lives for the better. My more positive takeaways include immediately responding to emails if you open them, only saying yes if it’s a ‘hell yes,’ and making time; we will always never find the time, otherwise.
Hollis also recommends letting go of toxic people, even if they are blood-related, or fixing that sh*t ASAP. Along with working out and drinking water, I can get on board with some of her self-help actions. Amazon | Goodreads
Stay Sexy And Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
Memoir, Self-Help & Motivational Nonfiction
If you follow TUL on Facebook, you may have seen the Read This, Not That graphic. For readers in a time crunch, if you have to choose between Girl Stop Apologizing or Stay Sexy And Don’t Get Murdered, I’d pick Stay Sexy.
With their true crime and hit podcast, My Favorite Murder, Kilgariff and Hardstark tell us all how not to victim blame, still stay safe, and be ourselves.
Additionally, if you want a blast into your 80s childhood past like me, follow along with the authors as they come of age, ride Vespas, overcome obstacles including sex and drugs, and ultimately become the sensations that they are today.
Recursion by Blake Crouch
Time Travel Science Fiction & Suspense/Thriller
A 2019 Goodreads Choice award-winner for Science Fiction, Recursion introduces time traveling via memories.
Detective Barry Sutton will never forgive himself for the day his daughter died. Even though his marriage falls apart and he falls into a depression, his current life isn’t so bad. But what if he could go back and change that timeline?
When Barry is captured and forced into a sick memory experiment–one that started with good intentions to cure Alzheimer’s Disease–he finds himself in a loop of even more troublesome timelines. Pairing up with the scientist who accidentally started it all, can they stop the corrupt time loop and survive? Or, will they be trapped forever?
What February 2020 book releases are you looking forward to?
I hope this new feature on TUL with upcoming book releases and mini book reviews better prepares you for a month of fabulous reading and introduces you to new books. Which of these new 2020 books are you most looking forward to? Have you happened to snag an early copy of any of them? What do you think? What other upcoming books are you eyeing?
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