Top Fives: Tor Fall 2019/Winter 2020 Preview

Here are my top fives from Tom Doherty Associates (AKA all of the Tor imprints) Fall 2019/Winter 2020 preview for librarians and educators.

Young Adult

  1. The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis: This book is Westworld meets The Handmaid’s Tale. Also the sci-fi, heist-filled, western of your dreams. Publishing in October.
  2. Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir: Lesbian necromancers in space. Publishing in September.
  3. Sisters of Shadow and Light by Sara B. Larson: Two sisters, one enchanted castle, and a day where everything changes in this story of sisterly love and magic. Publishing in November.
  4. A Thousand Fires by Shannon Price: Ten years. Three gangs. One epic quest in this novel being pitched as The Outsiders meets The Illiad. Publishing in November.
  5. Echoes Between Us by Katie McGarry: You may already know McGarry for her teen romances. This is a new genre for her with a story of a girl who has everything to lose and a boy ready to do whatever it takes to save her. Publishing in January.


  1. The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz: The story starts in 1992. Then it keeps shifting as Tess and Beth are drawn together when war comes to their timeline. The feminist time travel murder mystery you’ve been waiting for. Publishing in September.
  2. The Nightjar by Deborah Hewitt: One girl is whisked to another London as she chases magical birds who guard human souls. Comped to Caraval and The Hazel Wood. Publishing in September.
  3. Supernova Era by Cixin Liu: The copy from the preview was so good for this one I’m not even going to paraphrase: “In those days, Earth was a planet in space. In those days, Beijing was a city on Earth. On this night, history as known to humanity came to an end.” Publishing in October.
  4. The House in the Cerulean Sea by T. J. Klune: This one is being pitched as 1984 meets Umbrella Academy with a hint of Douglas Adams which, I think, tells you everything you need to know. Publishing in March.
  5. Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey: Look, as a librarian I’m contractually obligated to mention this one since it’s features queer librarians on horseback, ready to revolt and do the right thing. This novella is coming your way next February.

Let me know if any of these were already on your radar or if this post helped you find some new titles for your to read list!