August 2020 Book Releases I’m Excited About!

Hellooooo everyone!

I know that it’s been a while since I’ve been regular on here, but I fully intend to stay regular with my posts this time. I also know that I’ve said this before but this time, I’m coming in all guns blazing. I posted a book review a few days ago and yesterday, posted an old, random thought. Here’s to new beginnings sprouting from old worlds!

Today’s post, as the title tells you, is the August 2020 edition of Books Releasing This Month That I’m Excited About but Probably Won’t Read Anytime Soon, a series that I started in 2019 and named so because I know I won’t be getting my hands on them anytime soon, thanks to them demanding my kidneys for each book!

As way of a return from a long, unintended hiatus, here are 10 books that are releasing this August that I’m really excited about. And by ‘excited’, I mean EXCITED!

1#1 – The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Okay! What do I say about Matt Haig’s writing that hasn’t been said before? It’s bold, it’s compassionate, it understands the reader in ways I cannot really explain, it’s beautiful, and it feels like a warm hug. It’s precisely because of these that I’ve been excited about his latest book, The Midnight Library, despite having read only one of his books before: Reasons to Stay Alive. And though I feel that the books I usually talk about on these lists are pretty expensive, I also feel that this is a book that I can get my hands on the moment it releases.

Publisher: Canongate Books

Release Date: 13 August, 2020


2#2 – The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

This is supposed to be a coming-of-age Young Adult novel that explores the intersection between race, class, and violence, as Google tells me. This is Christina Hammonds Reed’s debut novel and being touted as the next The Hate U Give, although, I’d say, don’t compare the two. Let this book come into its own, because it isn’t fair to pile these many expectations onto the book’s (metaphorical) shoulders.

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Release Date: 4 August, 2020


3#3 – The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

I’ll be listening to this on as part of their ALC program and I’m really excited to dive into it. This has also been tagged as a coming of age story and is set in Nigeria where markets burn on the day Vivek Oji Dies. There’s a mother’s grief, Vivek’s life flashing through the book, a budding romance, escalating violence in the quest for freedom, and eventually, a deafening call for understanding. This book promises it all and I am absolutely here for it!

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Release Date: 4 August, 2020


4#4 – Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy

Another book from’s ALC program list that I’m really excited about. The blurb of this book promises exactly what the title suggests: a woman following the last flock of Arctic terns on their final migration. A lot pulses underneath this one simple umbrella plot point, and it is for this ‘lot’ that I’m really looking forward to listening to this book. I just hope I could get my hands on a physical copy as well, but dreams! *sigh*

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Release Date: 4 August, 2020


5#5 – The Beauty of Your Face by Sahar Mustafah

I received an e-ARC of this book from Netgalley and a big thanks for that! I will be reading this soon. The cover of the book is absolutely stunning, and combined with the story of an American-Palestinian woman battling a shooter running riot through the school she is principal of and her own thoughts and memories, forms a potent recipe for introspection and heartache. I’m prepared, but I’m also not having too many expectations from it. It’s only fair!

Publisher: Legend Press Ltd

Release Date: 3 August, 2020


6#6 – Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

Of late, I’ve been seeing this everywhere, goodness gracious! It feels like everybody but me has been a part of the book tour for this stunning book. Not complaining (totally am) but I am to blame for not being as active as I’d have liked to be. I also did request this on Edelweiss and got (un)ceremoniously rejected. Huh. I wonder what that was about!

Anyhoo, this book uses Hindu mythology and brings into a fantastical fiction in which the main character is the daughter of a mortal and a star. I don’t need anything else to get excited about this book. Nuh uh.

Publisher: Harper Teen

Release Date: 11 August, 2020


7#7 – Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover

I’m not going to talk much about this book because I love Colleen Hoover, and any time there’s a Colleen Hoover book, I’ll just go, “Balalalallalaa I need this book and I won’t explain why.” Although I will explain it just a smidge: COLLEEN HOOVER MAKES ME CRY! And I live for it and I will read, slowly but surely, everything she has ever written! Period.

Publisher: Hoover Ink, Inc.

Release Date: 27 August, 2020


8#8 – Harrow the Ninth (The Locked Tomb #2) by Tamsyn Muir

I had no intention of reading this book, but then I saw that it was available as part of’s ALC program and that the first book, Gideon the Ninth was available on So up it went and there I got it. I’ll hopefully be reading these soon. Pray for me, folks, because every time I say, “I’ll hopefully read it soon,” Pluto becomes more excluded from our solar system. Damn.


Release Date: 4 August, 2020


9#9 – More Than Just a Pretty Face by Syed Masood

I was expecting this novel to be a sort of an I’m-not-like-other-girls narrative. But refreshingly and surprisingly, it’s more of an I’m-not-like-other-people narrative and I am here for it! There’s romance thrown in here, a pinch (a fistful, if you will) of comedy, and lots of Young Adult content that will squish your heart and make you go “awwwwwwww”, if the Goodreads reviews are anything to go by. I NEED THIS BOOK PRONTO, is all I’ll say.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Release Date: 4 August, 2020


10#10 – Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

To all those snobs who go, “You like Twilight? You’re not a real reader!” you can go eat your lungs. I did enjoy Twilight (although there are still issues and I’m trying to figure out how to help the Quileute tribe) and I will read this book, especially because I was such a swooner for Edward back in the day. Go do what you will with this information. XD

Publisher: Atom

Release Date: 14 August, 2020


Phew! Took me quite a while to compose this list, but it’s so worth it to see them all together!

What are some August releases that you really want to read? Are any of these books piquing your interest? What books are on your TBR? What are you currently reading? What are your deepest, darkest secrets? What are your ambitions? How far will you go to grab a book you really want? Do let me know in the comments section! Looking forward to interacting with you! 🙂

Until next time, keep reading and add melodrama to your life! 😀


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