Ten Most Anticipated Books of 2019

December 10, 2018

As the year draws to a close and we recall the events of the past year, we look to 2019 in hopes of new beginnings. Along with those new beginnings come the release of new movies, tv shows, and books. Here are ten of the most anticipated books for the new year.


1. Again, but Better (May 21, 2019) – Christine Riccio

“Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal — but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that?

Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change — there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure!

Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart.

Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic – the possibilities are endless.” – Macmillan Publishers


2. Crescent City ( September 3, 2019) – Sarah J.Maas

“Set in a universe where humans struggle with survival and hierarchies of the magical creatures they live among, Crescent City will follow half-human, half-Sidhe Bryce Quinlan as she seeks to avenge the death of her best friend, who was brutally murdered.” – Entertainment Weekly


3. Defy Me (April 2,2019) – Tahereh Mafi

“Juliette Ferrars isn’t who she thinks she is.

Still reeling from the explosive events of the Continental Symposium and the secrets Warner has been keeping, Juliette has nowhere to turn and doesn’t know who she can trust.

She’s desperate for answers, but to get them, she’ll have to face the nightmares that have been chasing her for a lifetime.” – Harper Collins Publishers


4. Pumpkinheads (August 27, 2019) – Rainbow Rowell

“Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.

Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1.
But this Halloween is different—Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye.

Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if—instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut—they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years . . .

What if their last shift was an adventure?” – Macmillan


5. The Wicked King (January 8, 2019) – Holly Black

“After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.” – NOVL


6. On the Come Up ( February 5, 2019) – Angie Thomas

“Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill.

But it’s hard to get your come up when you’re labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral…for all the wrong reasons.

Bri soon finds herself at the center of a controversy, portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. But with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri doesn’t just want to make it—she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be.

Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up is an ode to hip hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn’t always free.” – Harper Collins Publishers


7. The Bride Test ( May 7, 2019) – Helen Hoang

“Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.

As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.

With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.” – Barnes and Noble


8. The Mother – in – Law ( April 23,2019) – Sally Hepworth

“From the moment Lucy met her husband’s mother, Diana, she was kept at arm’s length. Diana was exquisitely polite, and perfectly friendly, but Lucy knew that she was not what Diana envisioned. Even so, Lucy wanted so much to please her new mother-in-law.

That was five years ago.

Now, Diana has been found dead, a suicide note near her body. Diana claims that she no longer wanted to live because of a battle with cancer.

But the autopsy finds no cancer.
The autopsy does find traces of poison and suffocation.

Everyone in the family is hiding something. But what? And where will the secrets stop?” – Hodder and Stoughton


9. Opposite of Always (March 12, 2019) – Justin A. Reynolds

“When Jack and Kate meet at a party, he knows he’s falling – hard. Soon she’s meeting his best friends and Kate wins them over as easily as she did Jack.

But then Kate dies. And their story should end there.

Yet Kate’s death sends Jack back to the beginning, the moment they first meet, and Kate’s there again. Healthy, happy, and charming as ever. Jack isn’t sure if he’s losing his mind.

Still, if he has a chance to prevent Kate’s death, he’ll take it. Even if that means believing in time travel. However, Jack will learn that his actions are not without consequences. And when one choice turns deadly for someone else close to him, he has to figure out what he’s willing to do to save the people he loves.” – Pan Macmillan


10. Genesis Begins Again (January 15, 2019) – Alicia D. Williams

“There are ninety-six things Genesis hates about herself. She knows the exact number because she keeps a list. Like #95: Because her skin is so dark, people call her charcoal and eggplant—even her own family. And #61: Because her family is always being put out of their house, belongings laid out on the sidewalk for the world to see. When your dad is a gambling addict and loses the rent money every month, eviction is a regular occurrence.

What’s not so regular is that this time they all don’t have a place to crash, so Genesis and her mom have to stay with her grandma. It’s not that Genesis doesn’t like her grandma, but she and Mom always fight—Grandma haranguing Mom to leave Dad, that she should have gone back to school, that if she’d married a lighter skinned man none of this would be happening, and on and on and on. But things aren’t all bad. Genesis actually likes her new school; she’s made a couple friends, her choir teacher says she has real talent, and she even encourages Genesis to join the talent show.

But how can Genesis believe anything her teacher says when her dad tells her the exact opposite? How can she stand up in front of all those people with her dark, dark skin knowing even her own family thinks lesser of her because of it? Why, why, why won’t the lemon or yogurt or fancy creams lighten her skin like they’re supposed to? And when Genesis reaches #100 on the list of things she hates about herself, will she continue on, or can she find the strength to begin again?” – Barnes and Noble






“Again, but Better | Christine Riccio | Macmillan.” US Macmillan, us.macmillan.com/books/9781250299253.

“’Crescent City’: Sarah J. Maas to Release First Adult Fantasy Series.” EW.com, EW.com, ew.com/books/2018/05/16/sarah-j-maas-crescent-city/.

“Defy Me – Tahereh Mafi – Hardcover.” HarperCollins Publishers: World-Leading Book Publisher, www.harpercollins.com/9780062676399/defy-me/.

“What’s Better than a Book? A Book That Takes Place in a Pumpkin Patch.” Rainbow Rowell, www.rainbowrowell.com/news/2017/10/9/0lar2nbp5mffb8qvsf2hk9vazvnoob.

“NOVL ❤ The Cruel Prince.” NOVL, www.thenovl.com/cruelprince.

“Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell | Macmillan.” (n.d.). Retrieved from https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781626721623

“On the Come Up – Angie Thomas – Hardcover. “(n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062498564/on-the-come-up/

“Hoang, H. (n.d.).” The Bride Test. Retrieved from https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-bride-test-helen-hoang/1128615823?type=eBook#/

“Sally Hepworth – The Mother-in-Law.” (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.hodder.co.uk/books/detail.page?isbn=9781473697027

“Reynolds, J. A.” (n.d.). Opposite of Always by justin a. reynolds. Retrieved from https://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/justin-a-reynolds/opposite-of-always/9781509870042

“Williams, A. D.” (n.d.). Genesis Begins Again. Retrieved from https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/genesis-begins-again-alicia-williams/1128863920#/

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