It is time to share my favorite new releases of 2019! It’s been a great year for books, and I have read a lot of brilliant ones. I wouldn’t say any of these were truly groundbreaking for me, but I did love them all. I was familiar with a few of these authors and expected to love their books, but I did discover quite a few new authors this year, and I’m very excited to read more of their books.
These are my favorite 2019 releases:
The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo. I had very little expectations for this book. I didn’t know much about it going in, and I kind of just picked it up on a whim. But this is such a great historical fiction novel. I loved that it was set in China and the Chinese folklore elements. I really enjoyed the story and the characters. It was just a great book. I already bought Yangsze Choo’s other book, The Ghost Bride, which I will be reading very soon, because the Netflix series based on it will be coming out next month!
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I mean, It’s Taylor Jenkins Reid. She’s amazing. Even so, I was a bit unsure about this book just because the whole rock-n-roll element is not really my thing. But I loved this. TJR definitely knows how to break your heart, but in the best way.
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston. Everyone has been talking about this book, and for good reason. This is the book that made me realize just how much I love reading romance novels. Even so, it stands apart from the rest. I loved the political element, and the characters were brilliant and wonderful and so lovable. I can’t wait for Casey McQuiston’s next book. In the meantime, I’ll be rereading this one.
The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates. I am a huge fan of Bill and Melinda Gates (even though I’m writing this on a Mac – shhhh). I think they’re just great human beings. I also really love Bill Gates’s book recommendations, so when he recommended this one, I obviously had to read it. I think everyone should read this book.
In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire. This is the fourth installment in the Wayward Children series, and I think it might just be my favorite. In case you aren’t familiar, the Wayward Children series is about children who have gone to different worlds (like Narnia) and come back. The first book is about the boarding school for these children, and the other three books have each followed a different character and featured a different world. I loved the world in this book. I think if I was transported to a different world, it might be similar to this one. I can’t wait for the next book in the series (which will be out early next month!).
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Garcia-Moreno. I usually love books with mythological elements. This was the first I’ve read featuring Maya mythology, which I didn’t know very much about going into this book. But it was so good. It reminded me a little bit of The Road to El Dorado (remember that movie?), but better. This is a book I would definitely reread if I’m in the mood for interesting fantasy.
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett. This book is like The Handmaids Tale plus The Hunger Games with a little bit of The Power. And I loved it. It was both brutal and amazing. If you liked The Hunger Games, you’ll probably like this one.
Wilder Girls by Rory Power. I actually picked this one up because Casey McQuiston recommended it. It is one of the weirdest books I’ve ever read, but I absolutely loved it. It was so good. I could not put it down because I had to see what would happen next. I am very excited for Rory Power’s next novel (which is called Burn Our Bodies Down and will be out in July).
The Girl in Red by Christina Henry. I love Christina Henry. Her book Alice was actually the very first ARC I received after I started this blog. And I’ve been reading her books ever since. This one is a post-apocalyptic Little Red Riding Hood. Horror isn’t something I usually gravitate towards, but the fact I gave both horror books I read this year (including this one) five stars makes me think I should maybe read more of them.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I am a massive fan of Erin Morgenstern. So obviously, I was very excited to read her long-awaited second novel. If I’m being totally honest, I didn’t love it quite as much as The Night Circus, but I did still really love it. So much so that I was going through a fantasy withdrawal after finishing it and picked up The Night Circus for a third reread.
That’s it for my favorite 2019 releases! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post, which will be my overall favorites for the entire year.
What was your favorite new release this year?