Hey, everybody! 2019 is here, and that means a whole new year of books! Here are the books I’m most excited to read this year (not necessarily that came out this year, but that I plan to read this year)! They aren’t in any particular order, and with that said, let’s get started!
#1: THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas
I’m actually almost finished this one, and I’m loving it so far! I’ve been waiting to read it for so long, and it has not disappointed! I absolutely love the character dynamics and the plot keeps me turning those pages!
“SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD STARR CARTER moves between two worlds: the poor black neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does—or does not—say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.”
#2: THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ by Heather Morris
I’ve had this book for a little while, and I’ve heard great things about it! I love books in this genre— THE BOOK THIEF is one of my all time favourites. It sounds intriguing and I’m excited to read it!
“In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.
Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.
One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.”
#3: THE END OF REFUGE by Beth Martin
I recently read IN THE LURCH by Martin and loved it—and it wasn’t even my typical genre! This book sounds right up my alley, and I’m intrigued to see where the story goes! I’ll be reading it as soon as I can get through the others on my TBR (which quite frankly are too many 😂) and I can’t wait!
“Isolated from the rest of the world, the inhabitants of the shelter called Refuge have been trapped underground for over 20 years.At 19, Juliet has always called Refuge home. Despite her atypical surroundings, she strives to live a normal life. She just finished school, started a new job, and fell into her first romance. But when she receives a message from outside the shelter, her life begins to crumble. The safe haven she believed in is a lie and her future is doomed. The end is coming and she can’t stop it.”
#4: AFTERIMAGE by Naomi Hughes
I’ve not heard much buzz about this one online, but it sounds really interesting! And I can’t help but love the cover!
“Naomi’s debut is a sci-fi thriller about Camryn Kingfisher, a seventeen-year-old who is the sole survivor of an explosion that kills thousands-including her mother.
After the accident, she finds that she is haunted by a transparent boy in a lab coat named Quint. Unsure whether he’s a hallucination or a ghost, she has no choice but to trust him as they become embroiled in a plot that is bigger than either of them realize. Together, they must figure out who caused the explosion before the culprit comes back to finish Camryn off for good.”
#4: RESIST by Sarah Crossan
Another book I’ve been waiting forever to read! I loved the first book, BREATHE, but this one won’t be in until February (I’ve ordered it in)! I bet it will be worth the wait though!
“What would you do if you were desperate? Bea, Alina, and Quinn are outlaws. They started a rebellion and have been thrown out of the pod—the only place where there’s enough air to breathe. Bea has lost her family. Alina has lost her home. And Quinn has lost his privileged life. What will they find now that they are refugees in the perilous Outlands? Their final safe haven may be harboring dark secrets. But together, the three teens find the will to keep fighting, to save one another, and to break free from everything that’s holding them back.”
#5: THE ISLAND OF THE GODS by C.M. Kane
The description of this one put it right on my TBR! I love Norse mythology (and I have to admit I’m a sucker for Loki stories) so I was so happy to find this one! Hoping to read it sometime soon!
“In the nine hundred years since the gods of antiquity returned to Earth, much has changed. We are no longer masters of our own world.
Tae Rames, a precocious seventeen-year-old downloads a vid she knows she shouldn’t, never realizing the powerful forces that she is about to release. She inadvertently discovers a deadly secret, a secret that someone very dangerous has gone to great lengths to keep hidden. The dead god Loki, may in fact, still be alive and simply trapped. Despite a desperate attempt at trying to erase the evidence of her snooping, her new enemies track the leak and mistakenly blame her twin brother, kidnapping both him and Tae’s mother to find out what they know. Desperate, and unsure of whom she can trust, Tae decides her only option is to free Loki and plead for his help. But Loki is in the one place no one ever wants to go—the Island—a place where all Earth’s criminals are sent to fight and die, a place from which there is no escape. Worse still, unbeknownst to Tae, an enemy with a twisted hatred of his own has begun to stalk her. Can the intervention of Zeus help when, thanks to a kindly priest, he discovers that something untoward is happening on his least favorite planet. Or will serious complications arise when he is followed by some of the other gods, all of who are curious to find out exactly what their leader is up to.”
#6: ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS
This one sounds interesting, and I’ve seen lots of hype online! I’ve ordered this one too and it’s already in, so I’ll be able to read it soon!
“In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, smart, and friendless. Online, Eliza is LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of a popular webcomic called Monstrous Sea. With millions of followers and fans throughout the world, Eliza’s persona is popular. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves her digital community. Then Wallace Warland transfers to her school, and Eliza begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile. But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.”
#8: THE HOME FOR UNWANTED GIRLS by Joanna Goodman
This book sounds awesome! I love a good historical fiction, and I’m so excited that it’s set in Quebec! I think this is going to be a great read!
“In 1950s Quebec, French and English tolerate each other with precarious civility—much like Maggie Hughes’ parents. Maggie’s English-speaking father has ambitions for his daughter that don’t include marriage to the poor French boy on the next farm over. But Maggie’s heart is captured by Gabriel Phénix. When she becomes pregnant at fifteen, her parents force her to give baby Elodie up for adoption and get her life ‘back on track’.
Elodie is raised in Quebec’s impoverished orphanage system. It’s a precarious enough existence that takes a tragic turn when Elodie, along with thousands of other orphans in Quebec, is declared mentally ill as the result of a new law that provides more funding to psychiatric hospitals than to orphanages. Bright and determined, Elodie withstands abysmal treatment at the nuns’ hands, finally earning her freedom at seventeen, when she is thrust into an alien, often unnerving world.
Maggie, married to a businessman eager to start a family, cannot forget the daughter she was forced to abandon, and a chance reconnection with Gabriel spurs a wrenching choice. As time passes, the stories of Maggie and Elodie intertwine but never touch, until Maggie realizes she must take what she wants from life and go in search of her long-lost daughter, finally reclaiming the truth that has been denied them both.”
#9: REFUGEE by Alan Gratz
Another historical fiction! There are so many great sounding ones this year! I got this one for Christmas, and it’s near the top of my TBR!
“JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world . . .
ISABEL is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America . . .
MAHMOUD is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe . . .
All three kids go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers — from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, shocking connections will tie their stories together in the end.”
#10: THE TESTAMENTS by Margaret Atwood
This one doesn’t come out until September, but I’m really looking forward to it! I loved THE HANDMAID’S TALE and I’m so happy there’s going to be a sequel!
“The wait is over.
And so I step up, into the darkness within; or else the light.
When the van door slammed on Offred’s future at the end of The Handmaid’s Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her – freedom, prison or death.
With The Testaments, the wait is over.
Margaret Atwood’s sequel picks up the story 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead.”
Those were my top ten anticipated reads for 2019! Are any of these on your list? Have you read any of them?
Let me know what books you’re going to read this year in the comments! 🙂
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Thanks, and happy reading! 🙂