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The 2020 Books You Should Pre-Order Now

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Somehow 2020 is already approaching, and a new decade (!) of amazing books is amongst us. Fiction seems to be the most compelling genre—see: Lily King's Writers & Lovers and Kate Elizabeth Russell's My Dark Vanessa—as we attempt to immerse ourselves in another world to escape the current political climate. Then there are the purely therapeutic books, like Lili Reinhart's Swimming Lessons and Maggie Smith's Keep Moving, that encourage us to practice more self-love. Ahead, a running list of the 2020 book releases we're looking forward to the most.

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1 'Long Bright River' By Liz Moore
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$26.00

The opioid crisis is plaguing our country. Liz Moore brings the crisis to light in a twisty mystery where one of two inseparable sisters addicted to drugs goes missing. Oh, and that just so happens while a string of murders are happening in their Philadelphia neighborhood.

Available January 7, 2020

2 'Followers' By Megan Angelo
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$26.99

Megan Angelo's debut novel traces the stories of three women, unexpectedly connected, who find themselves on the brink of high-profile success while discovering what their follower counts really means for their goals and dreams. It's a deep dive into the social media dominance we currently live within with lots of dark and hilarious turns. 

Available January 14, 2020

3 'Uncanny Valley' By Anna Wiener
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$27.00
$18.90 (30% off)

When Anna Wiener was in her mid-20s, she left her book publishing job in New York City for a data startup in Silicon Valley. What she didn't realize is that she'd find herself in a falsely progressive world masked by company ski vacations and in-office speakeasies. In her memoir, Wiener documents the rise and fall of her Silicon Valley dream. 

Available January 14, 2020

4 'Love Her or Lose Her' By Tessa Bailey
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$15.99

New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey is back with a juicy rom-com about a couple who seemingly grows apart instead of growing together—forcing one of them to establish a marriage boot camp and the other to expose a big secret. 

Available January 14, 2020 

5 'American Dirt' By Jeanine Cummins
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Lydia Quixano Perez and her son are forced to flee the Mexican city of Acapulco after her journalist husband publishes a tell-all on a man leading a major drug cartel in the city. This one will tug at your heartstrings.

Available January 21, 2020

6 'The Girl With the Louding Voice' By Abi Daré
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U.K.-based novelist Abi Daré makes her debut with an emotional story about a 14-year-old Nigerian woman determined to get an education and escape the fate of a child marriage her father forces her into with a local man.

Available February 25, 2020

7 'Writers & Lovers' By Lily King
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$26.82

Lily King, the bestselling author of Euphoria (2014), knows exactly how to combine love, grief, creativity, and balance. A young prodigy who loses her mother must confront how to channel her ambition again...all while finding herself in love with two men at the same time.

Available March 3, 2020

8 'My Dark Vanessa' By Kate Elizabeth Russell
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$27.99

This isn't your cliché trope about a high school student-teacher relationship. Kate Elizabeth Russell brings forth all of the emotion and complexity when Vanessa discovers almost two decades later that her first love has been accused of sexual abuse by a former student. 

Available March 10, 2020

9 'The Herd' By Andrea Bartz
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$27.00

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, about what happens to the members of (fictional) NYC–based THE HERD when its glitzy founder vanishes without a trace.

Available March 24, 2020

10 'The Honey-Don't List' By Christina Lauren
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$16.00

You're always guaranteed a good time in Christina Lauren's novels, and The Honey Don't List is no exception. Home designers Melissa and Rusty Tripp have a very public Chip and Joanna Gaines-like relationship, except there's one problem: They actually can't stand each other. The story is told from the perspective of Melissa and Rusty's longtime employees, Carey and James, who are doing whatever it takes to keep their bosses' secret. 

Available March 24, 2020

11 'Chosen Ones' By Veronica Roth
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$24.29

The New York Times bestselling author of the YA Divergent series is releasing her debut #adult novel about the aftermath of a group of five teens who save the world, essentially asking the existential question: Where do we go from here? 

Available April 6, 2020

12 'Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life' By Marie Kondo
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$22.49

The inimitable Marie Kondo is back, and this time she's here to transform your messy desks...and stressful work relationships. 

Available April 7, 2020

13 'The Book of Longings' By Sue Monk Kidd
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$28.00
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You'll recognize Sue Monk Kidd from her critically-acclaimed novel The Secret Life of Bees (2003). In her fourth novel, The Book of Longings, she takes readers all the way back to the first century in a tale about a young woman who meets 18-year-old Jesus. Yes, that Jesus. 

Available April 21, 2020

14 'Swimming Lessons' By Lili Reinhart
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Actress/poet/beautiful human Lili Reinhart is releasing her first collection of poems in the spring. 

"One year ago, I decided I wanted to share my poetry with the world. It’s scary to reveal a part of myself that I don’t often show, but I like to consider this book as more of a story rather than a confession of thought," she shared on Instagram in October 2019. "Strangers, songs, films, fictional characters, love in various forms, and of course my own experiences were my inspiration throughout the creation of Swimming Lessons. This book means a lot to me and I’m very grateful to be in the position to finally share it." 

Available May 5, 2020

15 'Keep Moving' By Maggie Smith
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$24.00

Following Maggie Smith on Twitter is like entering an inspirational capsule of wisdom, truth, and vulnerability—and now we get the privilege to read more of the American poet's courageous words in her latest book, Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change. 

Available May 5, 2020

16 'Transcendent Kingdom' By Yaa Gyasi
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$26.95

Readers can expect the same genius in Transcendent Kingdom that Yaa Gyasi delivered in Homegoing (2016), which received the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award in 2017. In Transcendent Kingdom, Gyasi tells the story of a family from Ghana that struggles to make a home for themselves in small-town Alabama.

Available July 14, 2020

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