Books I’m Looking Forward to in Early 2019

It’s a fresh new year with fresh new ideas, resolutions, and books!

I love books. No I adore books. If I could just lock myself away and read for the next 12 months (well, 11 months now) I would be so happy. So when the near year comes about, I get excited about new books that will be coming out for the year. And here is a list of books I’ve heard are coming out the first half of 2019. Hopefully I’ll get to read one or two of them this year–while also whittling away at my to be read pile.

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Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of YA. I lean towards fantasy and sci-fi normally but tend to branch out to thriller, mystery, and horror when reading YA. I don’t know why exactly, even YA can be terrifying. I might just like the concepts more.

So a lot of these books will lean YA. If you’re into that, please join me in being excited about some of these books.

(January 8th) Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

I know I just said I don’t like thrillers but this is a young adult novel and has a pretty cool description. “Five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed now someone has declared open season on homing and another girl has gone missing.” It’s already out so I’ll be adding it to my collection soon.

(February 5th) We Told Six Lies by Victoria Scott

I have no idea what is happening and I kind of love that. The description on goodreads lends it to be a sort of thriller, murder mystery. We’ll see if it’s any good when it comes out, yeah?

(February 19th) Tarot by Marissa Kennerson

Okay, I will admit. I have a mild weakness for tarot cards. I find them so pretty and mysterious. This story makes tarot cards real…like the universe and the people. It already has some good reviews online and it hits my favorite genre of fantasy. So we’ll see how much I love it when it comes out.

(February 21st) Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

This isn’t a YA novel but it looks like a fantastic fantasy. I mean the review on The Guardian Bookshop says it’s Tolkien, Angela Carter and Neil Gaiman all rolled into one with the backdrop of ancient Africa. Sounds like a beautiful novel.

(March 12th) Beware the Night by Jessika Fleck

This one already has a few reviews from advanced readers and it looks promising. It’s a fantasy novel about Veda who must join a revolution to save her grandfather and fight injustice. And I’m always a fan of fighting injustice.

(April 8th) Queenie by Candice Carty Williams

This is a story about a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman surviving life. And sometimes you have to just need to hear the story of other people, other women to understand your world a little better.

(April 9th) When Summer Ends by Jessica Pennington

I probably will wait until the end of summer to actually read this because of the title but it sounds cute and sad all at the same time. The main character is the golden boy of his small town but he’s losing his vision at seventeen. And the other is a girl who’s boyfriend ghosted her and they end up just spend their summer together. It sounds like it’s going to be bittersweet and I’m ready to have my heartbroken.

(May 7th) Hope and Other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum

This one has an interesting plot line. It involves memes and 9/11 but not in a bad way? It’s about a girl who became this iconic image during 9/11 who just wants to get away from it and a boy who’s life was ruined by the same event trying to put his own life together. It kind of makes me feel old with them being babies during the terrorist attack. I was 9 (and my boyfriend was even older oi). It’s a lot to reflect on and I’m thinking this book might be good for the soul.

(May 14th) We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

Okay I will be honest. I didn’t even read the synopsis. I just fell in love with the name and the cover. It’s gorgeous–I mean look at it–and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. The early reviews are super promising. With it being at least 4 stars. Everyone is in love with the environment and with the characters and I’m far too excited for it.

(May 28th) These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

This is going to be a YA series about witches. Oh man I love witches. I love the paranormal. I love that this is an urban fantasy novel and is LGBTQ+. Nice. So far the advanced reviews have been super positive and I think it’ll be a nice over the summer read…or I might save it for a spooky October read. I mean witches and Halloween are the best mix.

And that’s where I’ll cut it off for today. There are so many books coming out that I want to read but I don’t want to overwhelm you. Go out and grab one or two of these when they release and tell me what you think. Or let me know any books you’re looking forward to in the comments below and I’ll check them out myself!

4 thoughts on “Books I’m Looking Forward to in Early 2019

    • awriterbee says:

      Doesn’t it? I have such a weakness for tarot and horoscope influenced books. Those cards are always so beautiful so it’s nice to see that translate into the written word. Haha.

    • awriterbee says:

      There’s so many more that will probably appear as time goes on these first few months. Hopefully I’ll be able to read a few of these as they come out. 🙂

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