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This spring is packed with upcoming hot new releases from Veronica Roth, Sue Monk Kidd, and Suzanne Collins, perfect to add to your quarantine reading list for a little escapism during lockdown.
After you’ve read all the free books available, it is probably time to explore some new releases – and this year, there are tons of spring and summer sure-fire bestsellers.
In between the long-anticipated returns of some of the most beloved authors of all time, as well as continuations of today’s greatest book series, you will not be bored – even if you have more time on your hands than usual.
From John Grisham’s incredible new beach thriller to a story about Ana, the wife of Jesus – there are so many exciting books coming up guaranteed to earn a spot on your 2020 summer reading list.
Some of our favorite picks include Jennifer Weiner’s story about a friendship between a high school mean girl and a plus-size Instagram baddie Big Summer, and Suzanne Collins’s prequel to The Hunger Games told from the perspective of one of the coldest villains of today’s YA literature – Coriolanus Snow.
When book lovers are locked down in their homes and glued to their cozy reading nooks during quarantine, ebooks are the perfect, safe, and convenient pick. You can pre-order the prequel of The Hunger Games right now, and it will be automatically delivered to your ebook reader or book reading app the day it’s released – it’s that easy!
And the best part is – all you need is to do is download an ebook reader app to your smartphone and you’re ready to go and start enjoying this season’s most exciting bestsellers. Some ebook platforms, such as Amazon or Google Play, let users read even without an app – using nothing more than an internet browser such as Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.
As usual, the list will include a quick blurb, a release date, and a link to an ebook store: Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and Apple Books.
Which books are you excited to read this spring?
12 best new ebooks for spring 2020
The Boy from the Woods
When young Wilde wakes up one day in a state forest, he has no memory of his past or how he got there. Now, thirty years later, as an accomplished grown man, his past is still shrouded in mystery, and a local teenager has gone missing.
Almost no one, not even her father, seems to take Naomi’s disappearance seriously – no one, but Wilde. But in order to find her, Wilde must undertake a difficult journey to a place where the powerful will do anything to keep their secrets hidden.
Released a little over a month ago, Coben’s addictive new thriller The Boy From the Woods has already accumulated over 3,500 five-star reviews on Goodreads, winning bookworms’ hearts with its action-packed plot, complex, multi-layered characters, and heart-stopping action.
Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown
Ever since her childhood, Anne has been at the heart of the royal circle. As a silent witness to some of the most important moments in royal history, she was the Maid of Honor at Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, the lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret, and her closest confidante.
Now, Anne offers a peek inside the fascinating lives of British aristocrats in a witty, candid, and incredibly poignant personal story – as seen on Netflix’s The Crown. This beautifully honest read will transport you to the sometimes amusing, sometimes appalling exclusive world of the eccentric upper class in Great Britain.
The author of one of YA’s most beloved science fiction series returns – and this time, she writes for adults.
When years ago humankind was under immense threat, five teenagers were chosen to protect it from complete destruction – and succeeded. Decades later, Sloane, Matt, Ines, Albie and Esther still remain celebrities, and the world has long moved forward, no longer remembering the atrocities of the dark past.
But when on the eve of the Ten Year Celebration of Peace one of the Chosen Ones passes away, they all come to a blood-chilling realization: the end of Dark One’s reign is far from over.
Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life
Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein
With half of the world’s population currently under lockdown, most of us have to get used to working from home, where it is easy for things to become completely disorganized.
It can take moments for an avalanche of cluttered desks, nowhere-to-be-found papers, disappearing files, unread emails and unanswered calls to come falling down on us. And this book has just the way to fix it.
Filled with practical stories and strategies based on world-renowned, cutting-edge research, Joy at Work is guaranteed to help you overcome all these challenges. And, perhaps most importantly, it will make you appreciate the happiness that comes with a tidy desk and a decluttered mind.
The House of Kennedy
From America’s most gripping storyteller comes a riveting account of America’s most storied family – the Kennedy’s. James Patterson’s newest non-fiction release unveils the detailed history of the four-generation dynasty with all its ups and downs. And it reads just like a novel.
The Kennedys have always been a family of charismatic adventurers, raised to take risks and excel, living by the dual family mottos: “To whom much is given, much is expected” and “Win at all costs.” And they do–but at a price.
Across decades and generations, the Kennedys have occupied a unique place in the American imagination: charmed, cursed, at once familiar and unknowable. The House of Kennedy is a revealing, fascinating account of America’s most storied family, as told by America’s most trusted storyteller.
The Last Emperox
The collapse of The Flow, an interstellar pathway between the planets of the Interdependency, is starting to accelerate, leaving billions of people completely cut off from the rest of civilization. And even though the evidence is as clear as day, many try to rationalize, postpone and profit from the slow dissolution of humankind’s greatest empires.
Now, the future of one of the kingdoms lays in Emperox Grayland’s hands as she struggles to save as many of her people from impoverished isolation. Will she become the savior of her civilization, or the last one of her kind to wear the crown?
Captivating and virtually unputdownable, The Last Emperox is a perfect conclusion to the award-winning Interdependency series.
The Book of Longings
Sue Monk Kidd
In the first century, women were not allowed to have a voice. And especially not a rebellious one.
But Ana refuses to be shushed. As a curious seeker with a sharp intellect and a gift for writing, she defies all expectations placed on her and engages in secret scholarly pursuits. Born into a wealthy family with ties to Herod Antipas, ruler of Galilee, her parents want her to marry an elderly widower she finds repugnant. But Ana is slowly finding herself falling in love with another – the eighteen-year-old kind-hearted Jesus.
Grounded in scrupulous historical research, The Book of Longings imagines life as the wife of Jesus. And, perhaps most importantly, it is an extraordinary tale of a woman who refuses to play the subservient role the society dictates her.
The Women with Silver Wings
Katherine Sharp Landdeck
When America’s was taken aback by the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Cornelia Fort was among the first to volunteer to aid war effort. She became one of the 1,900 women from across the nation to train for the US Army Air Force – and to prove that female aviators are just as competent as men.
In this highly engrossing read, historian Kate Landdeck introduces us to the lives of determined young women of the Women Airforce Service Pilots as they proudly serve their country. Incredibly well-researched and just as beautifully written, The Women with Silver Wings is a tale in which, at long last, the daring female heroes gain the recognition they deserve.
If It Bleeds
Novellas are, without doubt, Stephen King’s forte. In the course of his remarkable career, many have been made into films now considered iconic – including “The Body” (Stand By Me) and “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption (Shawshank Redemption). And now, he returns with a new, extraordinary short fiction collection.
And while not much is yet known about the book, one thing’s for sure: Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, The Life of Chuck, Rat, and the titular If It Bleeds will have you on the edge of your seat.
To read an excerpt of King’s upcoming short story collection, click here.
Hurricane Leo has brought an inconceivable amount of damage to Camino Island: homes and condos are leveled, hotels ruined, streets flooded, and dozens of victims dead. But one casualty is not like the others: thriller writer Nelson Kerr seems to have suffered several suspicious blows to the head.
With the local police completely overwhelmed in the aftermath of the storm and too ill-equipped to handle the case, Nelson Kerr’s murder seems a perfect crime. Could the key to the case be right there—in Nelson’s manuscript of his new novel?
America’s favorite storyteller and master of the legal thriller returns once again with a perfectly irresistible beach read filled with sun, mayhem, and mystery.
Six years have passed after Daphne’s nasty falling-out with Drue has left the two not speaking to each other. Finally out of Drue’s shadow, Daphne has managed to build a life that she loves – including a growing career as a plus-size Instagram influencer with thousands of followers.
So when her high school frenemy marches back into her life as blonde, skinny, and successful as ever, asking her to be her maid-of-honor, Daphne is understandably speechless.
Jennifer Weiner returns with a stunning novel about the complexities of friendship, self-acceptance, and the pitfalls of living out loud and online. Genuine, relatable, and incredibly well-written, Big Summer is the perfect beach read.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Suzanne Collins returns with this spring’s most anticipated book – a spin-off and prequel to The Hunger Games, one of the world’s biggest bestsellers of all time. This time, she twists the perspective by 180 degrees – and tells the story of the tyrannical dictator of Panem.
On the morning of the reaping that will initiate the 10th annual Hunger Games, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor. And with his once-rich and respected family falling on hard times, there’s a lot at stake.
But the odds are not in his favor. He has been given the single most humiliating task: mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. With their fates now completely intertwined, every choice young Snow makes could lead to glory… or a devastating defeat.
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The hottest new ebooks to read in spring 2020 (infographic)
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