2018 is coming to a close. How has it been for you? I think 2018 has been a fairly good year for me: I got a kickass haircut, my book club is running strong, I got a new job, and I even managed to read a total of 100 books. Let’s hope that 2019 has some really good things in store.
Speaking of 2019… there are some truly amazing books coming out next year! I’ve got so many that I can’t wait to read, so wanted to list them all here! So without further ado…
My Most Anticipated Reads of 2019
1. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
Okay, so I’ll read anything that Leigh Bardugo writes. Her style is amazing, and the world building in her books is impeccable. When I heard the announcement that she was writing a new book in the Grishaverse, my ears pricked up. When I found out that Nina Zenik from Six of Crows was going to be a major character, I was well and truly sold. Despite me not finishing the Grishaverse trilogy, I’m still really excited for this book!
2. On The Come Up by Angie Thomas
As soon as I heard that Angie Thomas was writing a new book, I knew I had to read it. The Hate U Give has to be one of the most revolutionary books of 2017, and was so important and made a huge impact. Angie Thomas isn’t afraid to hold a mirror to society’s flaws and call them out, and I expect great things from On The Come Up.
3. The Wicked King by Holly Black
Oh yes, I’m ready to get back into the disturbing nasty world of the Fae. I’m ready for more Cardan being an absolute jerk to everyone near him. I’m ready for more shocking scenes and faerie nastiness. Give me The Wicked King NOW.
4. Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi
The sequel to Children of Blood and Bone! I thought this was such an accomplished debut, it was incredibly strong and powerful and I’d really love to see what happens next – especially after THAT cliffhanger. I really need to know if characters survived those last few chapters…
5. Internment by Samira Ahmed
I’ve only just discovered this book but it sounds fascinating. Set in a horrifying near-future United States (and let’s face it, the current climate in the US is horrifying enough), 17-year-old Layla and her mother are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens. This sounds like a truly powerful read, and I think it’ll be a very important one too.
6. I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver
I’m actually really excited for this one – and not just because the artwork on the cover is lovely! I’m very pleased to see both an own voices non-binary character, but also a black character be featured in this book as LGBT+ – this is something that is few and far between in YA. I hope this will also be able to tackle the somewhat stigma of LGBT+ black men that has always had struggles.
7. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
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What’s this? Another Leigh Bardugo book? 2019 is giving me too much already. This is about *checks notes* a high-school dropout with a criminal past, entering Yale University to keep tabs on the underground occult societies… Yes hello, I think I’d very much love to read this book now.
8. Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell
I nearly fell over when this was announced. A sequel to Carry On?! Of course I would want this in my life!! Carry On is the story of Simon and Baz, enemies to lovers with lots of anger and magic thrown in. It’ll be really interesting to see how their relationship has developed since the first book – plus look at that suit Baz is wearing. I aspire to have a suit that cool.
9. The Paper & Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie
Here’s one I’ve been anticipating for a while! Written by one of the most bookish people on the planet, Lucy Powrie certainly has a great debut with this one. It’s about… a BOOK CLUB! I’m so excited for this book – and to have it coming from such a great blogger and well-known person in the online bookish community is just amazing!
10. PROUD – assorted authors
A compilation of LGBT+ YA stories, featuring authors and artists that I absolutely adore! Simon James Green has his story illustrated by Alice Oseman – what a dream duo! I’m really excited to read this, especially as I read an LGBT+ compilation book this year with historical stories – it’ll be great to read some modern contemporary ones too!
Are there any books on the list that you want to read too? Have I missed anything that you think I’d love? Let me know!