Readers' Most Anticipated Books of March

Posted by Cybil on March 2, 2020
One of the enduring delights of a serious book habit is the ability to transform a typically charmless month–cold and wet March, say–and turn it into a series of literary adventures. Let’s take a look at our options.
 
Author Emily St. John Mandel–she of the glorious Station Eleven–returns with The Glass Hotel, a twisty new story for our troubled times. Sci-fi veteran N.K. Jemisin is back, too, this time with an urban fantasy epic concerning the fate of New York City. And National Book Award winner James McBride shuffles up historical fiction with his usual witty aplomb in Deacon King Kong. Also: a demon-fighting half-fae heroine, the continuing adventures of Thomas Cromwell, and a harrowing #MeToo cautionary tale.
 
Each month the Goodreads editorial team takes a look at the books that are being published in the U.S., readers' early reviews, and how many readers are adding these books to their Want to Read shelves (which is how we measure anticipation). We use the information to curate this list of hottest new releases.
 


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From the author of the truly fabulous Station Eleven, The Glass Hotel concerns an ominous disappearance and an exploding Ponzi scheme. Actually, the book contains lots of details about lots of things: hotel bars and container ships; relentless ghosts and white-collar crime; skyscrapers and delusion; the abiding weirdness of life in the 21st century. Mandel is required reading for a certain subset of modern literature fans and her new book is already generating buckets of buzz.

Read our exclusive interview with Mandel

Release date: March 24

 


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Debut author Kate Elizabeth Russell's psychological exploration tells the story of Vanessa Wye, whose teenage affair with her 40-something teacher has come back to haunt her in adulthood. Using a clever narrative switchback structure, the book follows Vanessa in both her adult and teenage years, tracking its various themes of consent and complicity, agency and victimhood. Not coincidentally, the novel finds deep resonance with ongoing #MeToo issues in the culture at large.

Read our exclusive interview with Russell

Release date: March 10

 


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Speculative fiction’s reigning rock star N.K. Jemisin returns with a sustained flight into urban fantasy that should appeal particularly to those who love New York City. A cyclopean evil rumbles beneath the city that never sleeps, awakening Gotham’s immortal defenders–five aspects of the city’s soul that manifest in five everyday New Yorkers. It’s good, creepy American fun from Hugo-award winning author of the Dreamblood, Inheritanceand Broken Earth series.

Release date: March 24


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“If you cannot speak truth at a beheading, when can you speak it?” Good question, that. Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell trilogy concludes with the final years of the blacksmith’s son from nowhere at all who rose to power in 16th century England. Featuring court intrigue, post-medieval espionage, and an alarming number of executions, The Mirror & the Light is a pretty-much-can’t-miss option for anyone who likes their historical fiction served cold.

Release date: March 10


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September, 1969: A renowned local church deacon shoots down a notorious drug dealer at point-blank range in the courtyard of a south Brooklyn housing project. What happens from here forms the narrative and thematic through-line of James McBride’s highly anticipated new novel. McBride is an acknowledged master of high-resolution historical fiction, peppered with wit and insight. The new book is his first since his National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird.

Release date: March 3


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Half-fae and half-human, Bryce Quinlan can party in ways we mortals can only admire from a distance. Which works out just fine, actually, until her closest friends are murdered by a renegade demon. Now Bryce must partner up with the fallen angel Hunt Athalar to track down the killer. The first in Maas’ new Crescent City series, House of Earth and Blood features a new twist on contemporary fantasy with controlled splashes of suspense and romance.

Read our exclusive interview with Maas

Release date: March 3



 


Which new releases are you looking forward to reading? Let's talk books in the comments!

Check out more recent articles, including:
The Best Romance Books of March
‘My Dark Vanessa’ Courts Controversy on the Page and Off
Emily St. John Mandel on the Forces That Shaped Her Writing

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message 1: by Garth (new)

Garth Mailman The Mirror & the Light by Hilary Mantel

It may be history but it's interesting history though the book may be quite a slog.


message 2: by Romano (new)

Romano Perelli Some great new books coming in March. I would add "The Deep" by Alma Katsu


message 3: by Juliet (new)

Juliet Smith Seriously, no mention of Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare?


message 4: by Cendaquenta (new)

Cendaquenta I cannot WAIT for The City We Became. Big Jemisin fan and I absolutely loved The City Born Great, it built up such a fascinating world and concept despite the restrictions of the short-story form.


message 5: by Daniel (last edited Mar 02, 2020 05:35AM) (new)

Daniel Looking forward to reading A Good Neighborhood


message 6: by Jim (new)

Jim I wish "The Glass Hotel" had a more interesting cover :/


message 7: by Jim (new)

Jim "Hurricane Season" by Fernando Melchor
"The Girl Who Speaks Bear" by Sophie Anderson
"The Eighth Girl" by Maxine Mei-Fung Chung
"Eight Perfect Murders" by Peter Swanson
"Lakewood" by Megan Giddings
"The Animals at Lockwood Manor" by Jane Healey
"The Sisters Grimm" by Menna van Praag
"Pride of Eden" by Taylor Brown


message 8: by Cendaquenta (new)

Cendaquenta Jim wrote: "I wish "The Glass Hotel" had a more interesting cover :/"

There's some other editions that are quite pretty:

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel


message 9: by Michael (new)

Michael Brown You Are Not Alone - Sarah Pekkanen and Greer Hendriks


message 10: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa Juliet wrote: "Seriously, no mention of Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare?"

"Each month the Goodreads editorial team takes a look at the books that are being published in the U.S., readers' early reviews, and how many readers are adding these books to their Want to Read shelves."


message 11: by [deleted user] (new)

I have these books Pre-Ordered for delivery in March

Reserved For Murder by Kevin Hopkins ETA March 04/20

River of Lies by R.M. Greenaway ETA Mar 14/20

Closing Time by Brenda Chapman ETA Mar 21/20

What She Found by Emerald O'Brien ETA Mar 26/20


message 12: by Fazila (new)

Fazila Hidden Knights by Jennifer Anne Davis and The Raven And The Dove are really good. You should add it as well.


message 13: by Jim (new)

Jim Cendaquenta wrote: "Jim wrote: "I wish "The Glass Hotel" had a more interesting cover :/"

There's some other editions that are quite pretty:

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel"


Thanks! I like the first one you show a lot :)


message 14: by Extinction (new)

Extinction My Dark Vanessa and The City We Became are definitely books I look forward to reading~


message 15: by Natalie (new)

Natalie You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen


message 16: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Jim wrote: ""Hurricane Season" by Fernando Melchor
"The Girl Who Speaks Bear" by Sophie Anderson
"The Eighth Girl" by Maxine Mei-Fung Chung
"Eight Perfect Murders" by Peter Swanson
"Lakewood" by Megan Giddings..."


Thank you for these suggestions! I've added most to my TBR


message 17: by Gim (new)

Gim How could you not include The Sinner by JR Ward?


message 18: by Jackie (new)

Jackie Muhlstock Just finished the Princess Of The Hither Isles- by Adele Alexander-Wonderful Historical story of one of the First African American Woman Suffregettes. More like a History text book, but a fascinating story.


message 19: by Jan (new)

Jan Eliasberg Hannah's War has gotten remarkable reviews in the trade press as well as with advanced readers on Goodreads. I received my copy today -- cannot wait!!


message 20: by AndreaJohnson (new)

AndreaJohnson I been trying to find this book Bad Boy 2 by Amelia Gates please help I’ve read book1


message 21: by judy (new)

judy I would very much like to read where the crawdads sing.


Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods* judy wrote: "I would very much like to read where the crawdads sing."

You want to read in a swamp?


message 23: by [deleted user] (new)

Marc wrote: "judy wrote: "I would very much like to read where the crawdads sing."

You want to read in a swamp?"


I Love it! :-)


message 24: by Linda (new)

Linda I loved "Station Eleven" and would really like to read "The Glass Castle". Thanks. Emily St. John Mandel is a great writer.
Linda


message 25: by Fenris (new)

Fenris The Glass Hotel looks interesting to me.


message 26: by A.M.G. (new)

A.M.G. ☮Hippie/Fantasia☮ I am literally salivating for My Dark Vanessa!
The timing checks out, so I might just read it on my birthday during March break. All my fingers, toes, and eyes crossed that it's as good as I'm hoping!


message 27: by Amanda (new)

Amanda The Glass Hotel and My Dark Vanessa sound like absolute must-reads, and I think I'll need to start Hilary Mantel's Thomas Cromwell trilogy, because The Mirror & the Light sounds excellent, too!


kittykat (Jo Tortitude) I have a question re the Sarah J. Maas book. Does anyone have any idea why on earth the series name is so large on the cover and we can barely see the actual book title? People have been calling the book by it's series name rather than actual title.

And OT, whilst I'm not really that interested in covers, it is STUNNING and the colors really call to me.

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City, #1) by Sarah J. Maas


Your Local Zannie I have a trip to NYC in April with some friends, and I really want to bring The City We Became with me to read


message 31: by Mimi David (new)

Mimi David please send some historical non-fiction and fiction


All Cops Are Bastards Was going to mention Network Effect by Marta Wells (the Murderbot novel) but it isn't until MAY! Not March, the other M month! DAMMIT!


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sophia robertson I like this book


message 34: by Edie (new)

Edie Good morning how bout Erietown by Connie Schultz
Looking forward to reading it.


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message 37: by A.J. (new)

A.J. Sefton Garth wrote: "The Mirror & the Light (Thomas Cromwell Trilogy #3) by Hilary Mantel

It may be history but it's interesting history though the book may be quite a slog."


It may be history...!


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message 39: by Angeline (new)

Angeline Stacy I wonder how many of these books show up in the “popular” goodread selections that show up in our newsfeed? If so this is completely skewed and biased. Or I’m not following the right people. I am having a very hard time of late finding books that truly speak to my heart or peak my interest. Most are so poorly written I can’t believe they ever found a publishing house ... it just doesn’t make sense why they are popular.


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Cybil Angeline wrote: "I wonder how many of these books show up in the “popular” goodread selections that show up in our newsfeed? If so this is completely skewed and biased. Or I’m not following the right people. I am h..."

It's always frustrating when you can't find a book to read! This list is compiled from the early reviews from fellow readers as well as how many readers are anticipating the book. We hope it helps you find something you'll like!


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