It’s a new year, and that means new books! Below you’ll find a breakdown of the ten titles that I am looking forward to the most. For the purpose of this post, we’re gonna focus on books that are definitely coming out in 2019. An author/publisher saying something will be released “maybe sometime this year” isn’t enough for me. This means that we don’t have a ton of books on the list for second half of the year, but I suspect I’ll revisit the topic later in the year for a part two.
And without further ado, here are the books that I am looking forward to the most.
A Perfect Balance by Laura Ambrose (Romance)- I started to dabble in romances more in 2018, which lead me to this hidden gem. Romancing the Page is lesbian romance novella series that focuses on nerdy/literary women. I really enjoyed the first book, A Hidden Hope, and look forward to checking out book two, A Perfect Balance, which focuses on a secondary character from the first novella. If you enjoy books and GBLT content, then I’d recommend checking out this series. Release date- 01/15/19
Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong (Thriller)- Kelley Armstrong’s Rockton books are a current favorite of mine. They focus on a homicide detective named Casey Duncan who lives in a community hidden off the grid in Canada. The population may be small, but its people are full of secrets. It also has a really compelling secondary romance. Watcher in the Woods is the fourth book in this series, and I am eager to see what happens next. Release Date- 02/12/19
The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty (Fantasy)– The Kingdom of Copper is the second book in the Daevabad Trilogy, of which the first book, The City of Brass, was one of my top books of fall 2018. This is an engrossing series, filled with complicated characters, and rich Arabian Nights-inspired worldbuilding. I already have preordered the audiobook version of The Kingdom of Copper and can’t wait to dig into it. Release Date- 01/08/19
The Fall of Io by Wesley Chu (Science Fiction)– The Fall of Io is the second Io book which is actually a follow up series to the Tao trilogy. This makes it very hard to talk about the book without delving into spoilers. Basically, the Tao/Io books are all about an war between two faction of an alien race, the Quasing. The twist is that the Quasing can only survive our atmosphere by co-inhabiting someone’s body, such as Ella Patel, the lead in The Fall of Io. If you’re looking for an action packed series with a unique premise, I’d highly recommend checking out these books. Just make sure you start with the first Tao book, The Lives of Tao. Release Date- 01/01/19
My Favorite Thing is Monsters, vol 2 by Emil Ferris (Historical Fiction/Horror)- Volume 1 of My Favorite Thing is Monsters was one of my top reads of Summer 2018, making volume 2 a must buy. This unique graphic novel about a ten-year-old girl living in the 1960s, juggling her obsession with monster movies with solving the murder of her upstairs neighbor, was incredibly rich and filled with wonderful illustrations. I can’t wait to see how volume two wraps things up. Release Date- 09/11/19
Who’s Afraid of Amy Sinclair? by Jenn Gott (Superheroes)- I realized I’m breaking my own rules here, as this book doesn’t have a concrete publication date, but given that it looks like all systems are go for an early 2019 release, I’ll take the risk. The Private Life of Jane Maxwell, the first book in this series about parallel worlds and superheroes, was a really pleasant surprise in 2018, and I’m looking forward to seeing how things shift with the emphasis on a new character. Release Date- Early 2019
Attack on Titans, vol 27 by Hajime Isayama (Science Fiction/Horror)- Of course, there will be multiple volumes of Attack on Titan coming out in 2019, but the first one hits the shelves in March. Given the developments (with old characters in new) in volume 26, I am very interested to see how the Marley arc will continue to develop. Release Date- 03/21/19
Jade War by Fonda Lee (Fantasy)- Jade War is the follow up to Jade City, a fantasy novel that mixes kung-fu action with a Godfather-style plot. I am excited to see what happens to the remaining members of the Kaul family in the second volume of The Green Bone Saga. Release Date 05/07/19
Superman: Dawnbreaker by Matt de la Pena (Superheroes)- The DC icon series, where high profile YA novelists tackle famous DC heroes, has put out nothing but gold so far. The fourth (and perhaps last?) book in the series tackles a teenaged Clark Kent. Despite not being as big of a fan of Supes as the other heroes in the series (Wonder Woman, Batman, Catwoman), I will be picking this one up, regardless. Release Date- 03/05/19
Ms. Marvel, vol 10 by G Willow Wilson (Superheroes)- Ms. Marvel is always worth checking out, even if the comic feels a little bittersweet now, knowing that G Willow Wilson is planning on leaving the title soon. The tenth volume of the series promises plenty of superhero fun, just what I look for in my Ms. Marvel comics. Release date- 04/09/19
And that’s my list! What are your most anticipated reads of 2019? Anything that I missed?