This photo was taken at the Rijksmuseum during our recent trip to Amsterdam. And yes, I would very much like to live here amongst all of these books!
I get a bit more involved with the book world each year, and this is the first year that I’m really paying attention to what’s coming out instead of what’s already out (despite the fact that my TBR list is already filled with books that are already out and available for me to read now). Based on my limited research thus far, I already feel like 2019 is going to be a great year for reading. I’ve already read 4 2019 releases (loved them all, 3 are recapped in my January Recent Reads) and have a list of over forty that I want to read. And it’s not even the end of January!
To help me set my priorities, as well as to share some of the books I’m most looking forward to, I’ve compiled this list of 2019 new releases that I am heavily anticipating. This post is mainly focused on the first 4-5 months of the years, so I’ll probably follow it up with a summer edition and a fall/winter edition (let me know if you’d like me to!). Because there are just so many good books on their way!
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray
Release Date: February 19th
The description claims that this is The Mothers meets An American Marriage, so I’m very intrigued (disclaimer: I haven’t read The Mothers yet and I didn’t love An American Marriage, but I’m still intrigued). Two sisters must come together when their elder sister is suddenly arrested with her husband, in order to care for their teenage daughters. It’s a story of a family in crisis, and I always love these stories because they reveal the true colors of every character. I imagine that this book will get a lot of noise in 2019!
When All Is Said by Anne Griffin
Release Date: March 5th
An elderly Irishman in a bar raising toasts to five people who have greatly impacted his life. Yes, I also got emotional reading this description. 2019 is the year of me discovering Irish authors (Sally Rooney being number 1) and I’m just sitting here wondering why I haven’t read any Irish authors previously? I mean, I love literally everything about Ireland. Regardless, this sounds absolutely wonderful and I get emotional just thinking about it and I’m going to go preorder it now.
Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
Release Date: March 7th
Family dynamics and an air of adventure – what more could you need for an incredible read? Lost Children Archive follows a family (mother, father, two children) as they road trip from New York City to Arizona. As the family heads west, they begin to unravel in more ways than one. And their son is documenting it all with his Polaroid camera. The story is told in the perspective of both mother and son, and includes both text and images. I love that format, which allows the reader to try and piece together additional information, or gain further insight from the image.
I Miss You When I Blink: Essays by Mary Laura Philpott
Release Date: April 2nd
As a generation that constantly feels the need to do, what do we do when we think we’ve done everything we actually want to do? Mary Laura Philpott explores this in her essay-based memoir about how she ticked off all of her ‘to-dos’ and then realized that she still didn’t feel fulfilled. And she might actually need to redo everything entirely. I imagine it’s a book that I will read, and love, and recommend, and turn to over and over again whenever I need a little encouragement.
Under the Table by Stephanie Evanovich
Release Date: April 16th
The only things better than a culinary-infused rom com is a culinary-infused rom com in which a charming Midwestern woman meets a reclusive Millionaire and gives him a makeover…and then falls for him! This sounds like the type of romance that I’ll easily finish in one day, and a perfect lighthearted read for spring. Plus, I can’t wait to read all of the details about Tristan’s kitchen – it’s apparently swoonworthy! We renovated our kitchen last year and I still have a major obsession with all things kitchen.
Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis
Release Date: April 16th
Here I am with another book of essays on my anticipated reads list – who have I become? Being from Northern Virginia, I tend to dissociate with the South…until I want to be a part of the South (which is often, if I’m being honest). The art of being a “Southern Lady” has always fascinated me (yes, I do own Reese Witherspoon’s Whiskey in a Teacup), so I can’t wait to read Helen Ellis’ essays on manners and marriage and, of course, the importance of monograms. XOXO, an ex-sorority girl with plenty of monogrammed items.
Romanov by Nadine Brandes
Release Date: May 7th
I randomly go through phases of studying the Romanovs which usually end in the deep darkness of Wikipedia. I’ve been meaning to read more about the family (both fiction and non-fiction) since seeing Anastasia (the ballet) a few years ago, but none of the books have really called my name. Except this one. Well, and I Was Anastasia but I haven’t gotten around to reading that one yet. The cover is stunning (kind of reminds me of Enchantée, which I loved) and it’s historical fiction (which I love) and there’s an element of magic to it (which I recently starting loving). I’ve also heard great things about Brandes’ other book, Fawkes, which I plan to read before this comes out.
Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Release Date: May 14th
It’s true, I really can’t resist a book that involves Royals. I loved The Royal We and, if we’re equating the President’s kids to royals, adored All-American Girl as a teenager. So I am very much looking forward to this modern romance featuring the President’s son AND the Prince of Wales! There’s a female president, a staged friendship, and, presumably, some amusing political commentary regarding the lives of the “royals” of the world. I can’t wait to read!
Passion on Park Avenue by Lauren Layne
Release Date: May 28th
There’s nothing I love more than a high-powered career women as a protagonist in a romance novel. And an obviously handsome neighbor driving her crazy. “Filled with charm and heart and plenty of sex and snark, this entertaining series will hook you from the very first page.” YES. PLEASE. This comes out at the end of May and I imagine it will be quickly consumed in my back garden while I enjoy a bottle of rosé to myself. Again, yes. please.
Did any of these books spark your interest? Which new releases are you most looking forward to this year? Comment your picks below, and follow along with which 2019 new releases I read here.
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