If you’re a bookworm, I’m sure you think new book releases are one of the best things about starting a brand new year. Perhaps you’re waiting for the next volume of your favourite saga to drop, or maybe you’re just curious about your favourite author’s upcoming novel. If so, I hope the book you’re craving is featured on this list.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games #0)
The hype for this book is hard to size, but not hard to understand. Collins’ fans have been craving more Panem ever since the trilogy hit the big screen, and to no surprise, everyone loves a good dystopian love story with a strong female lead. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes takes place sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, and promises to allow hardcore fans to take a deeper look into this fictional universe. We won’t be meeting Peeta or Katniss, but regardless, I’m sure Collins’ book will not fail to deliver a smart critique of fascist bourgeois regimes. This book is expected to be released on May 19, 2020, under the publishing house Scholastic.
The Winds of Winter
George R.R. Martin
I have to admit I wasn’t up on the Game of Thrones train; in fact, I watched the first two seasons of the show and the waiting time for the third one was just too much to bear for me. However, some of my friends were hardcore fans, and I know for a fact that the ending of the HBO series was underwhelming, to say the least. If you happen to agree with my friends, you should seriously consider reading the novels, and if you already did, then 2020 is the year R.R. Martin will give his fans what they want, and let’s hope, what they deserve: an ending that’s worth the wait and the hype. Although there is no exact release date for The Winds of Winter, it is speculated that it will be published around July 2020 (since he committed to presenting his novel at Worldcon 2020 in New Zealand around that time of the year). In fact, Martin mentioned that if he didn’t finish the novel by July 2020, those organizing Worldcon 2020 have his permission to imprison him in New Zealand’s White Island (an active volcano located 48 km from the coast of New Zealand) until he finishes the novel. Let’s just hope he finishes his novel in time, or else he’ll be in serious trouble.
A Long Petal of The Sea
This is one of those situations in which I am glad Spanish is my first language. Isabel Allende, famous for her novels La Casa de los Espíritus and La Ciudad de las Bestias, translated into English as The House of the Spirits and The City of Beasts, respectively, recently published her newest novel titled Largo Pétalo de Mar. The novel was originally released in Spanish, and Allende’s English-speaking fans are still waiting for its translation to be released (and don’t panic, the English version will be out on January 21st). A Long Petal of The Sea, set in the 1930s, allows readers to take a look at the relationship between a man and a woman that see themselves intertwined in an epic love story. Allende’s latest novel features themes that encompass war, family relations, and the constant quest for the return to one’s home. In my opinion, this is one of those novels that manages to transport its reader to an alien time and place, yet compensates for the temporal and geographical distance through a display of universal human experiences like pain, loss, sorrow, and infatuation.