Happy Tuesday! How is your week going? Restful and well, I hope.
I’m popping in today to share a post I look forward to yearly: my most anticipated book releases! Drafting the list always feels a bit like Christmas, so giddy am I over the many terrific titles hitting shelves (I’m an easy bookworm to please).
A long post awaits, so I’ll make only a few brief notes. I’ve added to my draft of this post in spurts, so I apologize in advance if any of the release dates below have since shifted -the publishing world moves fast! True to the Top Ten Tuesday prompt, I’ve listed only books that come out in the first half of the year, so there’s nothing here released after June (I’m looking at you, The Map From Here to There). And finally, if you have a list of your own you’d like to link up, you can read about Top Ten Tuesday and do so here.
Here’s to a year of good books and much reading. What 2019 releases can’t you wait to read?
To start, I’m counting down the days until Famous in a Small Town, the latest from Emma Mills, arrives in my mailbox (thankfully, there’s only a week to go!). I’ll take cute small-town contemporaries any day, and this one – with promises of tight-knit friendships and humorous revenge plots – sounds like an utter delight. I can’t wait. [Release Date: January 15]
Author Jennifer Donnelly is known more for her gripping historical fiction than her fantasy retellings, but that just makes me even more excited to read Stepsister, her newest novel, once it hits shelves. Pitched as a “startling, fiercely feminist re-imagining of Cinderella,” the story is told through the eyes of one of Ella’s stepsisters. I’m already hooked. [Release Date: May 28]
That I haven’t yet read anything by A.S. King is a fact I hope to remedy in 2019, an easy task with the release of her novel Dig in March. The summary is vague, but complicated family histories, surrealist narratives, and themes of legacy and power sound right up my alley – and, frankly, all more relevant than ever. [Release Date: March 26]
Samira Ahmed’s Love, Hate, & Other Filters has been and remains one of my favorite YA titles to recommend, so needless to say, I’m looking forward to the release of her sophomore novel, Internment, in March. It’s a change in genre (speculative fiction!) tackling all too timely an issue, but I have a feeling I’ll be suggesting this book to friends just as often. [Release Date: March 19]
Shout is the only book of nonfiction on my list, but it’s a title I’m eagerly awaiting. Laurie Halse Anderson writes with a force, and her next book – written in free verse – appears to be both passionate and timely. Touching on the #metoo and #timesup movements, it’s been named both a “call to action” and a “poetic memoir;” needless to say, I’m ready. [Release Date: March 12]
The Square Root of Summer remains one of my favorite reads (if a hidden gem!) in YA speculative fiction. That in mind, I imagine Harriet Reuter Hapgood’s next novel, How to Be Luminous, will be just good of a read. Give me stories about art and sisterhood and coming-of-age any time, and I’m a happy reader. April, come soon! [Release Date: April 30]
On the middle-grade end of things, there are few books I’m anticipating more than Corey Ann Haydu’s Eventown. Her newest MG novel follows main character Elodee when she and her family move into a town where perfection is the norm. I’m intrigued by the combination of genres, and knowing Haydu, I’ll make sure to have tissues at the ready. [Release Date: February 12]
I’m kicking myself that I returned The Poet X to the library without having read it because I’ve heard nothing but incredible things. I hope to make up for it by grabbing a copy of author Elizabeth Acevedo’s next release, With the Fire on High. Its thoughtful premise – in which a teenage mom finds solace her in cooking – has already won me over. [Release Date: May 7]
I’m in love with the cover of Tiffany D. Jackson’s next book, Let Me Hear a Rhyme – and if the summary is any indication, I think I’ll dig the story itself even more. When budding rapper Steph is murdered, his best friends and sister take it upon themselves to make him a household name. I’ve declared it the perfect post-finals treat. [Release Date: May 21]
Julie Berry has a knack for writing engaging and thrilling YA, a skill that may explain my excitement over her upcoming novel, Lovely War. Blending historical fiction with romance and fantasy, it’s set at the height of WWI and is narrated by the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. Is it too soon to call this a 2019 favorite? [Release Date: March 5]
The candy-colored cover and pitch-perfect title of Mariko Tamaki’s next book, Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me, has me all sorts of excited to read it in May. With illustrations by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, the graphic novel invites us readers into a story of messy relationships, powerful friendships, and young love. Yes, yes, and yes. [Release Date: May 7]
Another middle-grade title I can’t wait to read? Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s Shouting at the Rain. Hunt has proven herself a staple of MG fiction with her last two books, and I expect nothing different with this May release. In it, protagonist Delsie navigates changing relationships with friends and family. I’m already giving it bonus points for the Cape Cod setting (!!!). [Release Date: May 7]
Expect no sophomore slump here: Kathleen Glasglow’s second novel, How to Make Friends with the Dark, looks brilliant, a heart-wrenching story of family, loss, and love. The release date is still a few months out, but I’m very much looking forward to meeting Tiger and diving into Glasglow’s beautiful and powerful prose. [Release Date: April 9]
Amy Rose Capetta’s debut, Echo After Echo, was the chilling, beautiful mystery of my dreams. Here’s to a second book – described by one reviewer as “atmospheric, romantic, and wildly gay” – that’s just as good. Needless to say, with a May release set, you can be sure that The Lost Coast will be at the very top of my summer reading pile. [Release Date: May 14]
I’m late to join the Jeff Zentner train – The Serpent King has remained on my TBR list for far too long – but it’s hard to pass on a book with a title like Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee. Inspired by an actual program, Zentner’s newest novel follows best friends Delia and Josie as they host a local TV show in their senior year. What fun. [Release Date: February 26]
I love a good novel-in-verse, so though I haven’t read Jasmine Warga’s other books yet, I was quick to add her next release (and MG debut!), Other Words for Home, to my TBR list. Tracing middle schooler Jude as she and her family move from Syria to America, the book sounds to me to be both much-needed and beautifully written. [Release Date: May 7]
I believe I’ve well established by now that Katrina Leno is on my auto-buy list of authors – her thoughtful magical realism is hard to beat – so I’m hoping to get my hands on a copy of You Must Not Miss, her fifth (!!!) book, as soon as it’s in stores. Said to have a darker, revengeful plot, it’s bound to be yet another favorite of mine. [Release Date: April 23]
Sarvenaz Tash’s newest book, Virtually Yours, has me sold for its setting alone. I’m continually disheartened that there are not more books set during college, so I was all ears when I heard it follows an NYU freshman in the middle of a tricky love triangle. I like to think there’ll be no more perfect of a read to kick off the summer season. [Release Date: June 4]
Finally, it’s best to go out with a bang, I think, so what better title to end with than Angie Thomas’ sophomore novel, On the Come Up? After reading a brilliant, but all too short excerpt in Entertainment Weekly, I’ve been itching for February to come – but I know I’m not alone. The story of budding rapper and high schooler Bri is bound to be another winner. [Release Date: February 5]
Have a lovely Tuesday!