March 2, 2019

21 Books to Read in 2019

21 Books to Read in 2019

My TBR (to-be-read) pile is getting ridiculously large, not just the ones I save on Goodreads but also the piles of books I own/have been gifted/have been sent that are starting to teeter and overwhelm me. That being said, there are still dozens of books I’m looking forward to reading that are coming out in 2019.  I've ordered them below by publication date. Which new books are you looking forward to reading this year?


January 8, 2019

The Light Over London


by Julia Kelly

I’ve only just heard of this book, but it looks to be a dual narrative bouncing back and forth between the modern day and WWII England.


Two Can Keep a Secret


by Karen M. McManus

If you’re a fan of YA mysteries or suspense novels, be sure to check out McManus’s fast-paced One of Us is Lying and then grab this follow-up read.


January 29, 2019

41 Reasons I’m Staying In:
A Celebration of Introverts


by Hallie Heald

This illustrated gift book looks like a humorous, quick read while staying inside on a cold, January day.

When Sadness is at Your Door


by Eva Eland

This picture book looks like an important and helpful way to talk through tough emotions with little kids.


February 5, 2019

The Lost Girls of Paris


by Pam Jenoff

I really enjoyed Jenoff’s The Orphan’s Tale so I’m adding this one to my list only knowing that it’s about World War II.

I Owe You One


by Sophie Kinsella

I haven’t read one of Kinsella’s chick lit books in a number of years, but they’re usually funny, light, and quick reads when you want some easy escape.

On the Come Up


by Angie Thomas

After her powerful YA novel, The Hate U Give, I’m tuning into Thomas’s next novel about an aspiring, teenaged female rapper.


March 5, 2019

A Question of Holmes (Charlotte Holmes #4)


by Brittany Cavallaro

I’ve enjoyed this YA gender-reversal on the classic story of Watson and Sherlock Holmes. The third book ended with quite the turn in events, so my biggest hope is that book four is not the series’ conclusion.

Outer Order, Inner Calm:
Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness


by Gretchen Rubin

I always have mixed feelings about Rubin’s nonfiction titles which present a mix of her own experiences trying to improve her quality of life alongside her extensive advise on how to do things, yet I clearly keep coming back for more.


March 12, 2019

Shout


by Laurie Halse Anderson

Fans of Andersen’s YA novel, Speak, know the author based the account on her own teenage rape. In Shout, Anderson uses poetry to write her memoir and story of survival.


March 26, 2019

Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc


by David Elliot

A YA look at the French heroine’s martyrdom.


April 2, 2019

Fifty Things That Aren’t My Fault


by Cathy Guisewite

While her “Cathy” comic strip wasn’t always quite my taste, I’m very curious to see what Guisewite writes about after the relative silence since her marriage occurred and the comic strip ended.


April 23, 2019

Machines Like Me


by Ian McEwan

It’s been too long since I’ve read a McEwan novel and this alternate 1980’s London tale looks intriguing (though the cover creeps me out).

The Moment of Lift


by Melinda Gates

This book by one of the richest women in the world and how she’s used her privilege to lift and educate women will likely get a lot of attention.


May 7, 2019

Things My Son Needs to Know About the World


by Fredrik Backman

If you’ve not yet read one of Backman’s novels, please consider doing so as his ability to weave strong characterization with raw emotion is outstanding. This book will be his first nonfiction title, a collection of essays to his son.


August 27, 2019

Pumpkinheads


by Rainbow Rowell

I’ve not been the biggest RR fan, but her next YA book is a graphic novel and I’m interested to see how her YA voice sounds in this genre.



September 3, 2019

Out to Get You


by Josh Allen

Advertised as R.L. Stine meets Edgar Allan Poe, this collection of middle-grade scary stories will be out just in time to enjoy before Halloween.


September 10, 2019

Guts


by Raina Telgemeier

Telgemeier’s graphic memoirs, Smile and Sisters, have been a bit hit with middle-grade audiences and she promises more true-life tales in this forthcoming volume.

The Testaments (The Handmaid’s Tale #2)


by Margaret Atwood

Twenty-one years after her publication of her highly-praised, dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale, Atwood continues Offred’s story.


September 29, 2019

Capturing the Devil (Stalking Jack the Ripper #4)


by Kerri Maniscalco

I’m very much anticipating the fourth and final installment in this YA historical fiction series which has only getting better and better. The cover isn't yet out for this one, so I'll try to wait patiently while I wonder what Maniscalco will write next.


November 5, 2019

The Starless Sea


by Erin Morgenstern

I didn’t love The Night Circus quite as much as everybody else seemed to, but I’m interested to check out this one as it’s her first book in seven years.

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