Every year, I like to share my most anticipated upcoming releases. I get really excited about new books (who doesn’t?) and I like to share those with you. It’s always a great feeling when I get comments that you added a book to your TBR, or didn’t know your favorite author was coming out with something new and are just as excited as I am to read it. This year I published two lists – one at the beginning of the year, and one halfway through the year (there is some overlap because a few of my most anticipated books of the year were released later in the year). Today, I thought it would be fun to see how many of them I actually read. And how many of them lived up to my expectations.
Here are my most anticipated books from this year:
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I read this and LOVED it! It’s definitely going to end up on my favorites lists this year. Erin Morgenstern’s writing is absolute magic. I’m actually rereading The Night Circus right now (for the third or fourth time) because I already miss it.
Dark Age by Pierce Brown. I honestly can’t believe I haven’t read this. I was so excited for it, and then by the time I got my hands on it, I just wasn’t. I haven’t felt pulled towards this yet. And I don’t want to read it when I’m not excited about it because then I won’t enjoy it as much. It’ll happen soon, though (fingers crossed).
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne. I have read a lot of romance this year. And I was so excited for this one because I loved The Hating Game. But this just fell flat. It felt very generic and predictable. Not my favorite.
The Iron Season by Helene Wecker. Unfortunately, this one has been pushed until 2021 now. BUT, if it takes longer to get something even more amazing, I can wait.
The Philosopher’s War by Tom Miller. I did pick up a copy of this, but I didn’t get a chance to read it. I honestly kept forgetting about it. But I do still really want to read it! I think I just have to be in the right mood for historical fantasy.
We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin. This book was weird. And not necessarily in a good way. I read it, but I didn’t love it. It was kind of like Get Out but less scary, more weird.
The Girl King by Mimi Yu. I actually just picked up a copy of this fairly recently, but I haven’t read it yet.
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I loved this one so much! It wasn’t quite as amazing as Evelyn Hugo, but it was still a really great book. And I actually got to meet Taylor Jenkins Reid this year, and have it signed, so that was a bonus!
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. I chickened out and didn’t read this. Not that I thought it would be scary (I read IT this year, and that didn’t really scare me), but I just have a feeling it’s not going to live up to The Handmaid’s Tale. It’s like Schrodinger’s cat: if I don’t read this, it can be mediocre or it can be amazing. I’m just hesitant to find out which.
The Warlow Experiment by Alix Nathan. I read this… and I hated it. Like, a lot. The premise was so interesting, but the book was kind of awful.
Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee. I love Mackenzi Lee. And Loki. But I just wasn’t in the right headspace for Marvel when this was released. I literally just watched Captain Marvel a few weeks ago (yes, for the first time).
Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab. I really enjoyed this one! It’s such a fun series. I love how Victoria Schwab writes middle grade in a way that doesn’t seem condescending. It’s like a kid-appropriate book that adults can love.
Well Met by Jen DeLuca. This was super cute! One of my favorite romances this year!
Toil & Trouble by Augusten Burroughs. I have been a fan of Augusten Burroughs for over a decade, and I really enjoyed his new memoir. It was such a fun read. I really love Burroughs’s humor.
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. I didn’t get to this one, but it is on my newest Five-Star Predictions list! So I will be reading it very soon!
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett. This book is like The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Hunger Games, and it is fantastic. I really enjoyed this one, and can’t wait to read more by Kim Liggett.
I didn’t read all of the books I was excited about this year, but I did read a lot of them. And, for the most part, I did like them. I do plan on reading the ones I didn’t get to soon.
Which 2019 releases were you most excited about? Did you read them all?
My most anticipated 2020 releases will be up early next month, so keep an eye out for that!