most anticipated reads of 2019

My TBR for 2019 is already getting full!  Here are the books I am most looking forward to reading!

continuing series books

These are my most anticipated reads.  Never mind that I still haven’t read most of the series books I was looking forward to in 2018….

The Wicked King (Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black

Release Date: January 8, 2019

The Cruel Prince was one of my favorite reads of 2018, and I am so, so excited for The Wicked King!  Luckily, the wait is almost over…

The Last Life of Prince Alastor (The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding #2) by Alexandra Bracken

Release Date: February 5, 2019

I only recently read the first book, and enjoyed it much more than I expected!

Storm Cursed (Mercy Thompson #11) by Patricia Briggs

Release Date: May 7, 2019

I’m always excited for another Mercy Thompson book!

Immunity (Contagion #2) by Erin Bowman

Release Date: July 2, 2019

Contagion ended on such a cliffhanger, I’m dying to know what will happen!

Soul of Stars (Heart of Iron #2) by Ashley Poston

Release Date: July 23, 2019

I can’t believe I have so many YA science fiction books on my TBR list.  But I really loved Heart of Iron.

The Last Hope (The Raging Ones #2) by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Release Date: August 13, 2019

Another YA sci-fi thriller that left me wanting more…

Darkdawn (Nevernight #3) by Jay Kristoff

Release Date: September 3, 2019

It took me a while to get around to reading this series, but the ending of Godsgrave means the return of my favorite character from the first book.

series openers

New series always promise a whole new world, and I’m looking forward to quite a few from my favorite authors!

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Release Date: January 29, 2019

A NEW SERIES BY LEIGH BARDUGO.  FEATURING NIKOLAI.  That’s all I can really say before the internal screaming begins.  

I managed to get a 3-chapter preview of this book from BEA and it only made me more hungry.

The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Eldest Curses #1) by Cassandra Clare

Release Date: April 2, 2019

To say that I am excited about this book is an understatement.  I love Malec, and I love that this is an adult book.  Which means more Malec!!  

Chain of Gold (The Last Hours #1) by Cassandra Clare

Release Date: November 19, 2019

Cassandra Clare has more than one series opener coming out next year, and I’m only slightly less enthusiastic about this one.  It’s a continuation of the Infernal Devices series, and follows James Herondale and the other children of Will and Tess.

stand-alone novels

The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson

Release Date: February 19, 2019

I think this s the third YA book I heard about where the main character’s family runs a funeral home.  The premise never fails to intrigue me, and it also sounds like there’s some zombie action…  

Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner

Release Date: February 26, 2019

I enjoyed Jeff Zenter’s first two books a lot, but they had a lot of similar themes and elements.  This one, about the friendship between two radio hosts, sounds quite different.

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

Release Date: March 12, 2019

It’s been a while since we’ve had a new YA book by Laurie Halse Anderson, and this is the true life story that inspired Speak.

A Place for Wolves by Kosoko Jackson

Release Date: April 2, 2019

This book is being compared to Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, so sign me up.

The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen

Release Date: June 4, 2019


The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Release Date: November 5, 2019

Finally!!!  A new book from the author of The Night Circus!!!  And it’s about secret societies and libraries!!!

I am certain that more books will be announced that I will be adding to my list… for now I will just have to focus on catching up on all the other 300+ books that have already been released!

Which books are you most looking forward to reading in 2019?

8 thoughts on “most anticipated reads of 2019

  1. Kimber St. Lawrence (@KimberSaintIRL) says:

    Okay I’m so excited to talk to you about some of these. 1) Just finished Cruel Prince not knowing Wicked King wasn’t out yet and now I’m DYING. 2) I’m a huge #Malec fan as well and didn’t even KNOW THIS SERIES WAS HAPPENING!!!! This made my night. 3) Just finished Illuminae so now I want everything Jay Kristoff has to offer. 4) Really liked Zentner’s Serpent King so interested to see this fresh take.

    All around… YES. 2019 will be a good read.

  2. Jodi Fisher says:

    Great post!

    I just heard about The Cruel Prince. I hear it’s really good. Hoping to read that in 2019.
    Also, heard a lot of good things about The Night Circus, another book I hope to read in 2019.

    There’s so many books I hope to read in the new year, so many there isn’t enough space probably to list of all the books, LoL.

    I do hope to read though, My Brilliant Friend, Providence, and Love, Simon. At the moment those are my top picks to start in the new year.

    Currently reading To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. Really good so far!

    • Kate says:

      I definitely recommend Cruel Prince! It was one of my few five-star reads of 2018. I also loved Simon, but I’ll say I loved the book Becky Albertalli wrote with Adam Silvera even more! (The title is What If It’s Us).

      Providence sounds so good I just added it to my TBR!

      Enjoy “To All the Boys…” – it’s such a light, fun series. I’m waiting for book 3 from the library 🙂

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