Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Can’t Wait Wednesday: More March 2020 Book Releases

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings. I get to spotlight a few upcoming book releases that sound interesting to me. Here’s what’s coming out in the next few weeks.

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March 2020 Book Releases

The Animals At Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey

Adult Historical Fiction
March 10, 2020

August 1939.

Thirty-year-old Hetty Cartwright is tasked with the evacuation and safekeeping of the natural history museum’s collection of mammals. Once she and her exhibits arrive at Lockwood Manor, however, where they are to stay for the duration of the war, Hetty soon realizes that she’s taken on more than she’d bargained for.

Protecting her charges from the irascible Lord Lockwood and resentful servants is work enough, but when some of the animals go missing, and worse, Hetty begins to suspect someone—or something—is stalking her through the darkened corridors of the house.

As the disasters mount, Hetty finds herself falling under the spell of Lucy, Lord Lockwood’s beautiful but clearly haunted daughter. But why is Lucy so traumatized? Does she know something she’s not telling? And is there any truth to local rumors of ghosts and curses?

What interests me? I’m excited about a lot of 2020 releases, but this book is at the top of my must-read list. It promises history, animals, and a spooky house. This is a “me” book for sure. The synopsis reminds me of All The Light We Cannot See, which is an excellent novel about a young woman who is trying to protect a jewel from the destruction of war. I really hope this book is as good as that one.

The Deep by Alma Katsu

Adult Historical Horror
March 10, 2020

Someone, or something, is haunting the Titanic.

This is the only way to explain the series of misfortunes that have plagued the passengers of the ship from the moment they set sail: mysterious disappearances, sudden deaths. Now suspended in an eerie, unsettling twilight zone during the four days of the liner's illustrious maiden voyage, a number of the passengers—including millionaires Madeleine Astor and Benjamin Guggenheim, the maid Annie Hebbley and Mark Fletcher—are convinced that something sinister is going on . . . And then, as the world knows, disaster strikes.

Years later and the world is at war. And a survivor of that fateful night, Annie, is working as a nurse on the sixth voyage of the Titanic's sister ship, the Britannic, now refitted as a hospital ship. Plagued by the demons of her doomed first and near fatal journey across the Atlantic, Annie comes across an unconscious soldier she recognizes while doing her rounds. It is the young man Mark. And she is convinced that he did not—could not—have survived the sinking of the Titanic . . .

What interests me? Historical horror! I’ve always been fascinated by the Titanic, and the story can only get more interesting with the addition of sinister deaths, disappearances, and reappearances.

The Blackbird Girls by Anne Blankman

Middlegrade Historical Fiction
March 10, 2020

On a spring morning, neighbors Valentina Kaplan and Oksana Savchenko wake up to an angry red sky. A reactor at the nuclear power plant where their fathers work—Chernobyl—has exploded. Before they know it, the two girls, who've always been enemies, find themselves on a train bound for Leningrad to stay with Valentina's estranged grandmother, Rita Grigorievna. In their new lives in Leningrad, they begin to learn what it means to trust another person. Oksana must face the lies her parents told her all her life. Valentina must keep her grandmother's secret, one that could put all their lives in danger. And both of them discover something they've wished for: a best friend. But how far would you go to save your best friend's life? Would you risk your own?

What interests me? Two teenage enemies and a grandmother with deadly secrets? Yes, please! Goodreads calls this book “Ruta Sepetys for middlegrade.” Ruta Sepetys might be my favorite historical fiction writer, so I’m curious.

Enter The Aardvark by Jessica Anthony

Adult Satire
March 24, 2020

Republican congressman Alexander Paine Wilson is determined that nothing will stop him in his campaign for re-election. Not the fact that he is a bachelor, not the fact that his main adversary Nancy Beavers—married, with children—is rising in the polls. Nothing. That is, until one hot day in August, he receives a large parcel via FedEx. Inside is a gigantic taxidermied aardvark.

This aardvark has a surprising history—from the Victorian naturalist who discovered it to the taxidermist who deemed it his finest creation. But for Wilson, the entrance of the aardvark sets off a chain of events that threaten to ruin his entire career.

What interests me? Well, there’s a time-traveling taxidermied aardvark. That’s pretty interesting. Goodreads calls this book “Constantly surprising, brilliantly comic and piquantly provocative, Enter the Aardvark is a tale for our times, a biting satire with a tender underbelly.” It sounds bizarrely brilliant to me.

Are you looking forward to any March book releases?


  1. These are all new to me books. I will have to look them up.

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  2. There are some new ones for me on there. Thanks for sharing!
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  3. I really want to read The Animals at Lockwood. Sounds like something I could get lost in!

  4. I’ve been seeing a lot of advance buzz for The Deep. Historical horror based around the Titanic sounds fantastic!

  5. I just read The Deep and it was really good. The Blackbird Girls sounds really good.

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  6. Oooh! All of these books sound interesting, especially Blackbird Girls!

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    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  7. Middle grades about Chernobyl, wow! That one caught my eye

  8. I'm interested to hear what you think about The Animals of Lockwood Manor - that will probably sway me one way or the other!

  9. These are all such interesting picks, but Enter the Aardvark should win at all things just for that title alone! That and The Blackbird Girls sound so good -- The idea of these young girls becoming friends around Chernobyl of all things.

  10. The Blackbird Girls sounds wonderful. Thanks for the heads up. I'm going to add it to Goodreads. ๐Ÿ‘✨

  11. The Animals at Lockwood Manor sounds super interesting. I hadn't seen that one before. Thanks for sharing! :)

  12. The Deep sounds interesting. You do know, I assume, that one of the sister ships of the Titanic (the Britannic, I think) was a hospital ship that struck a mine in WW1 and that a passenger on the Titanic was a nurse on that ship?

  13. I forgot about The Deep! That's one I can't wait to read!

  14. oooooh look how pretty your blog is! I KNOW I KNOW I said I loved how your blog looked and you didn't need to change BUT it is pretty! Congrats! I love Historical horror too so I hope The Deep is good :)

  15. Oh man! The DEEP sounds fantastic I love Titanic but I’m such a scary cat and hate Horror! Why!

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend

    Always Helena

  16. The Deep looks super interesting! I might have to check that out.

  17. I don't generally look ahead for new releases except for series I'm already following. I tend to wait and see what appears in blogs and Amazon recommendations!

  18. I keep hearing about The Deep! I feel like it's getting a lot of hype, so I'm worried my expectations will be too high. Hopefully the story is as interesting as the synopsis. :)

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? ๐Ÿ’ฌ

  19. The Deep keeps catching my eye. The idea of historical horror really appeals to me and of course the Titanic is a big draw. I hope you enjoy all of these!

  20. that cover for the deep...well, i want it. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental

  21. I have been hearing really good reviews for the Deep so now I kind of want to read it too :D Despite only first hearing about it last week.

  22. Ooh The Deep looks very intriguing!!

  23. The Blackbird Girls is perfect for the Read Harder challenge, and I just watched the Chernobyl miniseries and found it horrifying. Thanks for the recommendation!