Hey Fam… Happy Thursday, Dreamers and Booklovers! I hope y’all are having a wonderful day!. — I have had this post pending in my drafts for MONTHS now and I totally forgot all about it mostly because I was hoping to up it. I’m so sorry this is coming late but hey, We still have about 2months+ left of 2019 right?? lol Better get on the reading train then, this list will amaze❤️you
I have decided to scour all the books that came/coming out this 2019 and narrow it down to give you my most exciting books so far this 2019 and my anticipated books that came out this Year. And then fret about how many I haven’t read yet and how they sound so ridiculously good and this list could have been double that and OH MY GOD I AM NEVER GOING TO HAVE TIME TO READ ALL THESE 2019 BOOKS!! I hope i can.
So if you are also looking for a list of books that came out this 2019 and the ones yet to be release to add to your own 2019 reading list, you’ve come to the absolute right place, my friend.
Buckle up, I will warn you that my list is MASSIVE — 45 books. And this is only the must read 2019 books for THE FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR for adult fiction only.
1) I still have my YA list for the first half of the year (go check it out)
2) I still have MY SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR lists and will post that soon enough
3) there were totally some books that made THIS list but I had to cut them which was so hard.
My Most EXCITING Books So far This 2019
(January – mid-June)
An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendriks & Sarah Pekkanen — Published Jan 8
This one has been hyped beyond BELIEF but the premise is fantastic and I really enjoyed The Wife Between Us! I’ve been really amped for thrillers and this one is definitely the top of my list of new thrillers for 2019.
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An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma — Published January 8
Apparently this one is a contemporary twist on the Odyssey! It sounds really good and want to know EVERYTHING about this woman and what she is up to.
The Au Pair by Emma Rous — Published January 8
WOO BOY. All sorts of things going through my head of where this book could go. I love a good earth-shattering revelation and family secrets (only in fiction of course…I don’t need any shocking family secrets in my life).
Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal — Published January 22
I will always be a sucker for a modern day Pride & Prejudice retelling and you can bet it’s at the top of my list of new books in 2019 that I absolutely am going to devour.
The Wartime Sisters by Lynda Cohen Loigman — Published January 22
Estranged sisters! WW2! Secrets! (That’s an emphatic yes from me and why it’s on my must read book list for 2019)
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon — Published February 26th
It’s going to take me approximately 50 years to read this book because it is MAMMOTH but I’m still excited about it. When I read fantasy it’s normally YA fantasy (which I LOVE) so it’s pretty special to have an adult fantasy on my must read books coming out in 2019! I’m finally dipping my toes into more adult fantasy.
The Huntress by Kate Quinn — Published February 26
I mean, hunting down elusive Nazis sounds like an intriguing premise to me! I always find myself reading many WWII books and I’ve been gravitating to ones that happen just after the war lately!
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James — Published February 5th
I love fantasy and have been craving something just wildly DIFFERENT. This looks to fit the bill. Definitely one of the most intriguing of all the books in 2019 that I looked at.
The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald — Out February 5th
WOO boy I have a tough time reading about parents losing children. I’m eager to know what happened to the daughter! I still haven’t read it
The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin — Published February 5th
I LOVE family saga type novels but then I saw reason to believe there is some small dystopian part of the setting so now I’m even MORE intrigued — seriously the books that came out in first half of 2019 sound so ridiculously good and they all lived up to my hopes and dreams for them.
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray — published February 19th
I know comparison titles are always risky but I like the sounds of this and I can’t resist stories about mothers and daughters and families coming together during hard times. I also lowkey need to know what the eldest sister and her husband did to get their butts landed in jail and disgrace the family name.
The Winter Sister by Megan Collins — Published February 5
I was once OBSESSED with Unsolved Mysteries –especially the unsolved murder ones (okay and the UFO ones lol). I feel like any time there is a long-running unsolved murder in a summary I’m always interested.
The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff — Published February 5th
A RING OF FEMALE SPIES? Hook, line and sinker. Plus if you’ve been around these parts for a while you know that stories of friendship are always a draw to me! I never read The Orphan’s Tale (I know, I know, I will) but I’m so excited for this book.
When You Read This by Mary Adkins — Published February 5th
Oh this one is going to be a tearjearker I can tell. One with fun moments and romance but I know I’m going to cry. I also love a good epistolary novel — having a change in format is always a good idea to reach for when I’m in a reading slump or something.
The Test by Sylvain Neuvel— Published February 12
Twenty-five questions to determine their fate. Twenty-five chances to impress.
When the test takes an unexpected and tragic turn, Idir is handed the power of life and death.
How do you value a life when all you have is multiple choice?”
WOW WOW WOW. This book sounds so good and messed up. I heard someone say it reminded them of an episode of Black Mirror which TOTALLYYYY is a show I love and I’m down for that.
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid — Published March 5
I worship at the alter of Taylor Jenkins Reid. Seriously go read all her books. I’ll wait. I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS ONE — probably more than all the other 2019 books —
1) because it’s a new one from her
2) music is a huge part of this + the 70’s 3) it seems like such an interesting concept of telling the story of this band like its an oral history. SO HERE FOR THIS. ( somehow, I still haven’t read it) lol
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My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing — Published March 26
STOP IT. You cannot say Dexter meets Mr. & Mrs. Smith because I will take that very seriously and obviously it was one of my must read books of 2019. The last part of the full summary kills me —
” we all have secrets to keeping a marriage alive. Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.” I need it. I need this in my hands now.
The Last Year Of The War by Susan Meissner — Published March 19
I feel like I rarely read WWII related books set in the US and have never even really seen any that seem to explore internment camps here during that time.
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams — Published March 19
This one looks really charming and funny from what I’ve seen! I’m excited to meet Queenie! Plus I always love books with characters in their 20’s because my 20’s have been such a wildly life-changing decade and one I wouldn’t change. So much soul searching and trying to figure out what you want your life to be like and I have a feeling that’s going to play a big part in this book!
In Another Time by Jillian Cantor — Published March 5
THERE IS A MEMORY LOSS ELEMENT which I am always drawn to. The main character seems to wake up in a field outside of Berlin without memory of the last 10 years or about the man she fell in love with. AND WELP NOW I AM JUST TOO INTRIGUED SO MORE WW2 NOVELS FOR ME.
The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See — Published March 19
Oh my goodness, thank you dear gods of 2019 books —
The Liar’s Child by Carla Buckley — Published March 12
I LOVE books where the main character does something wrong that they think is the right thing to do, and YOU might be a bit conflicted, and it sounds like we might get a little of that here with the main character “rescuing” these children from their broken home.
If, Then by Kate Hope Day — Published March 12
This sounds FANTASTIC and different. Why are they having this visions of alternate realities of their life?? Why do they become more frightening after a while? I NEED TO KNOW THESE THINGS.
A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum — Published March 5
FAMILY SECRETS. You know I’m there if you’ve learned anything thus far about my most anticipated books for 2019 leanings.
Midnight at the Wandering Vineyard by Jamie Raintree — Published March 26
I love complicated friendship books AND bucket lists so obviously this is one of the must-reads of 2019 for me!! Also hope they both take whatever man came in between them to TAKE A HIKE.
Save Me From Dangerous Men by S.A. Lelchuk — Published March 19
Okay the blurb says Nikki Griffin is “p
Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi — Published March 5
This sounds so strange and fairytale like and I’m not so much into that sort of thing plus I’m so curious to see how gingerbread plays a factor in a fantastical way. One of the most unique new books in 2019 that I came across!
When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton — Published April 9
One of the best books I read in 2018 was Chanel Cleeton’s Next Year In Havana so OBVIOUSLY I’m stoked about this one. I’m excited to see more of Beatriz’s story! It can be read without reading Next Year in Havana but that one was so good soooo why would you do that to yourself?? go get the first book FAM. LOL
The Binding by Bridget Collins — Published April 16
THIS SOUNDS MAGICAL. Also very interested in this world where books are a feared, dangerous and forbidden thing.
Meet Cute by Helena Hunting — Published April 9
I need cute romcoms in my life and this one has a fave trope — famous person falls for a ~normal~ person.
The Place on Dalhousie by Melina Marchetta — Published April 2
VERY IMPORTANT PSA: If you haven’t read the wonder that is Melina Marchetta, do it. This book was at the top of my most anticipated books of 2019 list because it features a character, many years later, who was in one of her other novels that I loved. She’s a powerhouse writer that has written so many different types of books I’m just astounded by her talent.
The Lost History of Dreams by Kris Waldherr — Out April 9
I’m a huge lover of gothic fiction and The Thirteenth Tale is one of my favorite books ever so this was obviously going to be on a list of must read books for 2019! This sounds fascinating —
Normal People by Sally Rooney — Published April 16
There are not enough books, in my opinion, set in college! This one sounds so good and I can’t wait to read the ins and outs of their relationship because I don’t know about you but I totally had this sort of person in my life for a while.
The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal — Published April 30
I just love when I see SISTERS in a title — it’s like a blinking neon sign for me! I love books about sister and families just in general so this one piqued my interest because it’s about 3 sisters who aren’t particularly close but who are forced to travel together to lay their mother to rest in India as she requested on her deathbed. Definitely on my must read books of 2019 list!
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang — Published May 7
As of the time I’m writing this I have NOT yet read The Kiss Quotient but it’s most definitely going to be read by the time 2019 is over. This totally looks like a romance I would like plus everyone raved about The Kiss Quotient thus it’s gotta be one of my must read books for 2019.
The Flatmate by Beth O’Leary — Published May 28
I LOVE the premise of this novel!! How fun to see a love story unfold through notes from two people who share the same space but have never met! And it caused a lot of rave on INSTAGRAM.
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson— Published May 7
I love books about book-related things. Like badass women who get books to people!! So into this! Seems like a love letter to books and librarians.
The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins — Published May 21
This historical thriller sounds so up my alley. And again it looks like there is some amnesia element where Frannie can’t recall what happened but she is pretty sure she didn’t kill them.
Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke — Published May 21
I was granted access to this ARC on netgalley and was super fun! I’ve been making an effort to add more fun books in my book diet because I typically gravitate towards things that will make me weep and when I read happy books I realize that’s an amazing experience too. So I’m doing better at seeking them out and this one is perfect (though i hope she realizes manipulating someone to choose you is a bad idea lol)
Recursion by Blake Crouch — Published June 11
This is SO AMAZING. Also apparently Shonda Rhimes (my fave!) is adapting this for Netflix so THAT is exciting.
City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert — Published June 4th
I know it’s beginning to sound like I mention this book alot but I guess you know why by now… Don’t judge me
Home For Erring & Outcast Girls by Julie Kibler — Published June 4
I love love love books where stories are somehow entertwined or just unearthed but felt a connection to many, many years apart. This sounds so good and YAY another friendship book on my must read book list for 2019! I’m also very curious if somehow the librarian is connected to them like I’ve read in some books lately or if it’s just a feeling of kinship in some parallel way.
Searching For Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok — Published June 4
FAMILY DRAMA & SECRETS. MOMS AND DAUGHTERS AND SISTERS. MISSING PERSON. It’s all there for me.
Summer Hours by Amy Mason Doan — Published June 4
Out of all the books on my must read books of 2019 list, THIS one is the one that surprises me the most because I don’t always LOVE secret affair novels. They have to be JUUUUST right for me and this one Intrigued me so much. Looks like a great poolside read which is perfect since it came out in the beginning of June!
One Night At The Lake by Bethany Chase — Published June 18
This is a must read book in 2019 for me because I have read and LOVED this author’s other books. It technically should make the cut for my second half of the year list but I refuse to leave it off because I am SO HYPED. And you guys…go read the full summary because HOW DOES THIS NOT SOUND LIKE SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE ON YOUR MUST READ BOOK LIST FOR 2019?!
How many have you read on my list?? Know any good ones I ommited? Suggest below in the comments section
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