Top Ten Tuesday: Most anticipated 2019 releases
It’s been a while since my last Top Ten Tuesday post, but I’ve decided to start taking part again now that 2019 has begun. Hopefully I’ll keep be able to keep on top of it this year, as I’ve missed reading all of your lists each week!
This is a really fun topic to return on: ten of the most anticipated releases for the first six months of 2019. I haven’t been keeping up with bookish announcements as closely as I used to, so I’ve had to do a bit of research for this post, but I’m now thinking that 2019 is going to be one of the best years that YA has seen for quite a while.
Here we go!
10) Last Bus to Everland by Sophie Cameron
I loved Sophie Cameron’s debut novel Out of the Blue, and I’m hoping that Last Bus to Everland will also incorporate magical realism throughout. The blurb makes me think I’m probably right – a boy is whisked off to somewhere called Everland, a ‘knock-off Narnia’, by his artist friend – so I’m looking forward to discovering whether there is any magic to be found in this story. Publishing May 14th.
9) Song of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury
I’m still halfway through State of Sorrow, which I started right after it was released, but I’m planning on finishing it before the sequel, Song of Sorrow, is released. The first book in the series was on course to be one of my favourite books of last year, but I started reading it just before I gave birth, and reading physical books has been much harder since Miss Grabby Hands arrived. Publishing March 7th.
8) The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
The Priory of the Orange Tree would be higher up my list if it was shorter, but I find its length highly intimidating. Clocking in at over 800 pages, it’ll certainly take me a long time to read, but it took Samantha Shannon even longer to write, and I’ve been following her progress on Twitter for so many years that Priory already feels like one of my favourite books. Publishing February 26th.
7) On The Come Up by Angie Thomas
I’m in the small minority of people who haven’t read The Hate U Give yet, but I’m hoping to get it done before On The Come Up is released (or, at least, before I read it). This is likely to be one of the biggest releases of 2018, so I’m going to prioritise reading this one so I can actually join in on the conversation surrounding it instead of hiding in a spoiler-free cave! Publishing February 5th.
6) King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
King of Scars is a conflicting one. I absolutely loved Nikolai Lantsov’s character in the Grisha trilogy, but Ruin and Rising – the third book in the series – ended up being one of the most disappointing books I’d ever read. I’m excited to see more of Nikolai, but I’m desperately hoping that a certain someone won’t make an appearance… Publishing January 29th.
The LGBT+ anthology Proud has been one of my most anticipated releases since it was announced, but I’m even more excited about it since my request to read it was accepted on NetGalley. A lot of authors I really admire have contributed to this anthology, and I’ve always been a sucker for short stories, so I have high high hopes for this book. Publishing March 7th.
4) Fierce Fragile Hearts by Sara Barnard
Fierce Fragile Hearts is a companion novel to Sara Barnard’s debut, Beautiful Broken Things. I’ve been a fan of Barnard’s writing since reading her debut, so I’m sure you can understand how excited I was when she announced that she was returning to the characters I originally fell in love with. Publishing February 7th.
3) A Girl Called Shameless by Laura Steven
A Girl Called Shameless is the sequel to The Exact Opposite of Okay, which was one of the best debuts I read in 2018. Laura Steven’s writing style is very easy to relate to, the way she crafts her characters making them so realistic that they practically walk off of the page, and I’m looking forward to meeting up with Izzy again and seeing what happens next in her story. Publishing March.
2) Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
I read Jenn Bennett’s Starry Eyes in the summer, and it was one of the best YA contemporaries that I’d ever read. I’m not a huge fan of hiking or camping, so Serious Moonlight is likely to be even more up my street, as it follows a protagonist who is obsessed with mystery novels. Any reader is a friend of mine. Publishing April 16th.
1) The Wicked King by Holly Black
I’ve read a lot of Holly Black’s books, but The Cruel Prince is easily the best of them. As soon as I finished it I was dying to pick up the sequel, The Wicked King, which is actually released TODAY! My copy is in the post at the moment, and I’m hoping to read it as soon as it arrives, because I can’t wait to see what happens to Jude and Cardan.
I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday. Did I feature your most anticipated release, or was it missing from my list?