Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020

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Only cares when new snaccos are released.

This is an interesting topic for Top Ten Tuesday this week. As you may know from my previous posts, I don’t pay much attention to when the books I’m reading are published (unless they’re part of the Back to the Classics Challenge). I read old and new books every year.

But since this is the topic this week, I thought I might use it as a chance to research new books and educate myself about what’s coming down the pike.

Here are ten I want to investigate (thanks, internet!).

The Herd1. The Herd by Andrea Bartz

“When an exclusive New York women’s workspace is rocked by the mysterious disappearance of its enigmatic founder, two sisters must uncover the haunting truth before they lose their friendships, their careers–maybe even their lives.”

I discovered this one via Marie Claire, which said, “Anybody obsessed with the exclusivity of private women’s clubs, typically accessible only to the elite, will appreciate Andrea Bartz’s latest thriller, The Herd…”

I did not know that those clubs were a thing and am now prepared to become obsessed.

FastFashion2. How To Break Up With Fast Fashion by Lauren Bravo

“Journalist Lauren Bravo loves clothes more than anything, but she’s called time on her affair with fast fashion in search of a slower, saner way of dressing. In this book, she’ll help you do the same.”

Fast fashion presents so many issues. I want to be reminded of how it is affecting the planet and economics and look forward to reading about some solutions. I find that sometimes books like this are long on problems and short on solutions, so I’m hoping this one delivers.

handiwork-by-sara-baume3. handiwork by Sara Baume

“A glimpse into the process of one Ireland’s best writers, handiwork is Baume’s non-fiction debut, written with the keen eye for nature and beauty as well as the extraordinary versatility Sara Baume’s fans have come to expect.”

Recently, I’ve ventured into a new-to-me medium, collage, and the creative process of visual artists has become more interesting to me. Looking forward to this one.

fatcowfatchance4. Fat Cow, Fat Chance by Jenni Murray

“At sixty-four, Jenni Murray’s weight had become a disability. She avoided the scales, she wore a uniform of baggy black clothes, refused to make connections between her weight and health issues and told herself that she was fat and happy. She was certainly fat. But the happy part was an Oscar-winning performance. In private she lived with a growing sense of fear and misery that it would probably kill her before she made it to seventy.”

I’m on my own health and weight-related journey and I love to hear from women of my size.

bloomwild5. Bloom Wild: a free-spirited guide to decorating with floral by Bari J. Ackerman

“Bloom Wild is for rebellious maximalists seeking savvy advice for decorating their homes with bold floral fabrics.”

Ahhh, love all these prints! And this one comes out in March, just in time for spring!

neverenough6. Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction by Judith Grisel

“From a renowned behavioral neuroscientist and recovered drug addict, an authoritative and accessible guide to understanding drug addiction: clearly explained brain science and vivid personal stories reveal how addiction happens, show why specific drugs–from opioids to alcohol to coke and more–are so hard to kick, and illuminate the path to recovery for addicts, loved ones, caregivers, and crafters of public policy.”

It’s depressing, but I’m always interested in the science of addiction and why addictions hold people in thrall and ruin lives.

SizingPeopleUp7. Sizing People Up: A Veteran FBI Agent’s User Manual for Behavior Prediction by Robin Dreeke and Cameron Stauth

“After two decades as a behavior analyst in the FBI, Robin Dreeke knows a thing or two about sizing people up. He’s navigated complex situations that range from handling Russian spies to navigating the internal politics at the Bureau. Through that experience, he was forced to develop a knack for reading people–their intentions, their capabilities, their desires and their fears.”

This made me think of The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence by Gavin de Becker, which I read in 2018 and loved.

godshot8. Godshot by Chelsea Bieker

“Chelsea Bieker’s gripping debut novel follows a teen girl embroiled in a cult, exploring how far she’ll go to break free of the abusive leadership.”

Radical Christian cult. I’m here for it.


howmuchofthesehillsisgold9. How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C Pam Zhang

“An electric debut novel set against the twilight of the American gold rush, two siblings are on the run in an unforgiving landscape–trying not just to survive but to find a home.”

Considering this one for the history reading challenge I’m thinking of doing this year.


deathinherhands10. Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh

“From one of our most ceaselessly provocative literary talents, a novel of haunting metaphysical suspense about an elderly widow whose life is upturned when she finds a cryptic note on a walk in the woods that ultimately makes her question everything about her new home.”

Oh good, Ottessa Moshfegh has a new book coming out! I really enjoyed My Year of Rest and Relaxation and this one sounds like another in the same vein.


Some of these are very particular to my interests, but let me know what you think. Anything look good there?




6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Book Releases for the First Half of 2020

  1. lydiaschoch says:

    How to Break Up with Fast Fashion sounds like such a great read. I buy way too much fast fashion. While I make my clothes last as long as they can, I know I need to change this buying habit.

    My TTT .


    • Shannon says:

      I totally get it! I tend to buy it because it’s usually what I can afford. It’s harder for me to invest in more expensive pieces that last longer even though I know that’s probably better for me and the environment! I’ll check out your list. 🙂


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