Do you feel how close 2019 is getting??? I see posts everywhere with reading resolutions, upcoming releases, and year reviews and I’m getting so pumped for the new year. So today I thought I’d make a list of the books that are coming out in 2019 I’m pumped about! I’ll try to read most of them next year — if my library cooperates!
If it were up to me, I’d spent most of my 2019 just reading in a reading corner somewhere. There are so many awesome books coming out! I really do wish responsibilities weren’t a thing, to be honest… How can someone read all the books in their backlist AND the new releases? Please, let’s just cancel university and work — please?
You may see a trend in this post (and in ones to come). I feel like I’m leaving my young-adult-craze days behind. Most of the books I loved this year and the ones that had the most impact on me were adult fiction books.
Next year I’ll be twenty and I feel like it does make sense to leave YA behind (trust me, I feel very stupid and uppity saying this). Of course young adult will always have my heart, and I think it will always be a good way to get out of a reading slump, but it’s for the best. So, if you have any adult fiction (and nonfiction!!!) recommendations, please let me know! Help me grow my to-be-read pile 🙈
I know this is a long post, but I promise these books sound amazing!!!
NOTE: To see the books I mention below on Goodreads, click on the cover — the link will take you there
j a n u a r y
January will see so many new books! Since I’ll still be on break during most of the month, I’ll likely spend it reading.
The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay • Shalini, a privileged Bangalore woman, heads north to the struggling Kashmir region to find out more about her mother’s death. But when she arrives, the troubled politics of the Himalayan region become more concerning. Vijay’s novel is, according to Goodreads, an examination of “Indian politics, class prejudice, and sexuality through the lens of an outsider, offering a profound meditation on grief, guilt, and the limits of compassion.” Of course I’m excited to read it!
Golden Child by Claire Adam • Set in rural Trinidad, this debut novel follows a family of four just trying to get by. There’s the dad, the mom, and the two unlikely twins: Paul and Clyde. The blurb doesn’t give much away, other than that Golden Child explores aspiration, love, and betrayal. Honestly, I can’t wait to read this book. I have never read anything set in Trinidad — especially since it’s written by someone who grew up there!
Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land • This nonfiction book (a memoir) analyzes the lives of low-income Americans who struggle to get by. People who work jobs such as maids for the wealthy fuel the economy and allow the boom to happen — all while being underpaid and going unnoticed. Stephanie Land tells her story and how she juggled being a mother, a maid, higher education, and government assistance. It sounds like an intriguing and worthy narrative!
Elsey Come Home by Susan Conley • Elsey, a mother and painter, leaves her house and family behind to go to a mountain retreat. If there’s one thing Elsey needs help on is handling her identity as a mother, caretaker, wife and her identity as painter, artist. Struggling with all these identities, Elsey falls into a pit of alcohol and addiction. But she knows that to be herself again, she must heal — which must start with a visit to her home city. I loved Where’d You Go Bernadette and I am super interested in Elsey as a character. This is an obvious addition to my TBR.
The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker • In this college town isolated in the woods, a strange illness forces people into a long, deep sleep. While they’re unconscious, people have life-altering dreams — but what are they? I love stories about epidemics, especially when we’re presented to several characters. I know science-fiction isn’t my cup of tea, but this title sounds so amazing, I couldn’t pass it up. It also reminded me a lot of Station Eleven (which I still have not finished)
An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma • Narrated by the spirit of a Nigerian poultry farmer, this novel follows the life of Chinonso, a man who travels to Cyprus to attend university — so that the family of his loved one will finally see him as worthy. However, once he arrives at the island, he realizes he’s been tricked. Now, he is without any money or a roof over his head. I have loved every Nigerian writer’s book I’ve ever read and I’ve heard so many good things about Obiama. Plus, the fact that a spirit is involved makes me all the more excited to read it.
f e b r u a r y
I only have two books I really want to read coming out in February. And I’m still hoping I’ll be given the ARC for it!
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray • An ongoing trial threatens to break the family apart when the eldest Butler sister awaits her faith at the hands of the justice system. The other two sisters, Lillian and Viola, must somehow strengthen their bond if their small family is to survive. I love stories of families, especially from the point of view of women, so of course I’m looking forward to read this novel!
The Satapur Moonstone by Sujata Massey • The second book in the Perveen Minstry series has the awesome Perveen as the main character again. She’s a young female lawyer in India in 1922 who is tasked with solving a family dispute. But the family in question is not just any family — it’s the family of the maharaja of Satapur. As Perveen travels alone to the remote countryside, she finds that the court is filled with backstabbing, revenge, and cold-blooded power plays.
m a r c h
With March comes the spring but also three awesome new releases!
When All Is Said by Anne Griffin • An elderly man sits at the bar of a hotel in a small Irish town. As he pulls a stool, he raises his glass to five people who — in one way or the other — shaped his life. Tonight, he will tell his story. Through these stories, we understand this man’s life: the good and the bad. I love books like these that tell a story through characters, so I’m more than happy to read it when it comes out.
Spring by Ali Smith • The third book in Smith’s Seasonal Quartet is coming out in March and I don’t know what it’s about. Every book in the series has very vague blurbs but I do know that the stories link somehow to the season at hand. So far, she has published Autumn and Winter, which are still on my TBR pile — hopefully not for long! Ali Smith’s writing is to die for and I have loved her short stories and other novels — hence why I’m so sure I’ll love this.
The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown • Sydney’s dad is the only psychiatrist in their Ohio small town. When one day he simply turns up dead with a lot of secrets to be aired, the whole town seems shocked. Sydney and June, the homecoming queen and the town’s golden child, become unlikely friends in the months after the funeral. But not everyone in the town seems happy about their relationship… I love Savannah’s poetry and I think she’s a very cool person overall, so I’m excited to see what her debut novel holds for us… I also love a good mystery, so I’m in!
a p r i l
This is another big month for new releases, so I chose the ones I felt most excited about to share with you…
Miracle Creek by Angie Kim • An immigrant Korean family is put on trial for allegedly killing their autistic son during a controversial medical treatment. The Miracle Submarine is a pressurized oxygen chamber that supposedly cures illnesses such as autism. When Young and Pak Yoo put their child through this treatment, the device explodes leading to two deaths. Now, all the family’s secrets come to light during the trial — as well as hypothesis for who was responsible for these two deaths. I love love love this blurb. I can’t do it justice and NEED this book in my life!
The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves • Annika Rose and Jonathan Hoffman meet at the University of Illinois at the chess club. They compliment each other and are their very best version when together. But something tragic happens to drive them apart. Ten years down the road, Annika and Jonathan cross paths again — she is a librarian and he is a recently divorcé. Despite all the years, the yearning and chemistry is still there… Who am I kidding — I love romances. Plus, the main character is a book lover!!! It probably doesn’t get much better than this.
Pilu of the Woods by Mai K. Nguyen • This story of friendship, loss, and love comes in the form of a graphic novel for children. Willow runs to the woods when one day her emotions get the best of her, and there she finds Pilu — a lost tree spirit who can’t find her way back home. Willow decides to help Pilu return home, and along the way the two of them learn lots of things together and bond. Honestly, this graphic novel sounds so cute that I need to have it — plus, the cover is stunning and I’m betting the artwork is too.
m a y
I’m so excited for the month of May! It will be the last month of classes for my second year at university AND the month when three stunning books come out!
Romanov by Nadine Brandes • This young-adult historical fiction novel tells the story of Anastasia Romanov — one of the last Romanovs on earth, daughter of Nicholas II, the last tsar. When the Bolshevik revolution strikes the Winter Palace, the Romanov family is forced into exile in Siberia. As the noose tightens, she realizes there are only two things she can do to save her family: release the spell she has in her bag and deal with the backlash; or ask for the help of a handsome Bolshevik soldier who doesn’t act like the rest. There is magic, Russia, and doomed ‘princesses’ in this novel — pretty much everything I love in a book. I am truly excited to pick this one up!
There’s Something About Sweetie by Sadhya Menon • Ashish Patel’s family thinks they know the right girl for him; and when he goes through a messy breakup, the Patels sign a dating contract for their son (with his consent!). He must date an Indian-American girl and follow all the rules laid out by the contract. And this is where Sweetie comes in. She’s a track athlete, a loyal friend, and — in her parents’ view — too fat to be perfect. Both teens have a different goal in mind, but as time goes on, they start to fall for one another. I love contemporary and I really liked When Dimple Met Rishi, so there’s no doubt I’m looking forward to this one.
Waves by Ingrid Chabbert & Carole Maurel • This graphic novel tells the story of a woman who wants to have a child, but fails. When the happy couple announces that they will be parents, something terrible happens and they lose the baby. Waves follows the couple as they try to cope with the loss of an unborn baby and the troubles they’ve been having for years to conceive. The plot sounds so moving and I already got approved for an ARC. As soon as the new year gets here I’ll start reading it!
j u n e
I am planning to go away for the summer in June, so my books will be a great company! We are also getting this amazing book!
Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food Love by several authors • This adorable collection of short stories is all about how food, family, and home intersect in people’s lives. Each author wrote a story about a teen and their particular connection to food. Short stories are a hit-or-miss for me, but I have faith in this one. It seems very adorable and wholesome and will be a great pick-me-up for when I’m feeling down.
j u l y
As we’re nearing the end of the first half of the year, there are fewer books coming out that we know of. But for the month of July I still found two that really grabbed my attention.
Unconfortable Labels: My Life as a Gay Autistic Trans Woman by Laura Kate Dale • This memoir tells the experiences of Laura as — you guessed it — gay autistic trans woman. I can’t tell I have ever read a book written by someone who identifies with all these things, so I’m intrigued. I also find the title to be incredibly funny and smart. I’m interested to see where the author takes these essays and if they’ll be hard for me to read. I’m always looking for new perspectives!
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead • Elwood Curtis is a young black men who lives in the black enclave of Frenchwood in the still-segregated Tallahassee. He hears of the Civil Rights Movement, which is making its way south to, once again, liberate black communities everywhere. Elwood dreams of attending university, so he enrolls in the local black college. But black boys in the Deep South don’t get the benefit of the doubt, and one mistake could ruin Elwood’s life forever. I love this author and I’m super excited to read this novel. It’s over a time period I love reading about and the book seems to have a load of potential!
a u g u s t
To end this already super long post, I have one more book to recommend for the month of August.
Carnegie Hill: A Novel by Jonathan Vatner • Thirty-year-old Penelope still lives with her parents, doesn’t have a job, children, or a husband to speak of. Despite her teen days being long gone, her parents still treat her like a child. But when she moves in with her new fiancé, her parents show their disapproval for their union. A few days before the wedding, Penelope finds long, rambly messages sent to her fiancé by a woman, and so decides to call off the wedding. Carnegie Hill is set in the Upper East Side and follows the lives and tribulations of the leisurely class. I love books about wealthy people who have no clue what they’re doing, so this is right up my alley.
Are you excited to read any of these books? Let me know if you have any other suggestions down below!