The first half of 2019 slayed me with all its releases, and while the second half won’t be as bad, it’s putting up a good fight.
But not in a negative way! (But also, my wallet).
There are so many great releases coming out at the second half of 2019, and since I already made a list of amazing releases at the beginning of the year, I simply couldn’t resist writing this post!
I put everything in order of release date, because it just makes the most sense! I’d love to do it in order of genre, but my neurotic self would not be able to handle it.
Onto the books (
and the screaming!)
The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu (2nd) – I’ve heard some really awesome things about this book, and that this is a great “quiet YA” dealing with a toxic friendship. Plus it’s written by an Asian author? Yes please.
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim (9th) – I’ve already had the privilege of reading an ARC of this for the blog tour, and this is such a magical, beautiful read. Like, Project Runway meets Mulan in an Asian fantasy setting? What more can you ask for? I don’t know.
Maybe This Time by Kasie West (9th) – This sounds like the perfect summer contemporary. I love reading about event planning (especially weddings!) and the concept of two people falling in love over the course of nine events? Gimme.
Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry (6th) – From what I remember, this seems to be about best friends who are tired and angry and run away using a stolen convertable. I have no idea how I’m going to like it, but it sounds really interesting.
American Royals by Katharine McGee (3rd) – This is more of a maybe I’ll pick this up, but I need to read more royal books. This also gives me the Selection vibes, and I’ve heard great things about it.
Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake (3rd) – I’ve been following this series since the first book was published, and I’ve really liked it. I’m currently reading the third book in order to be ready for this release, but I am ready. I hope it’s as great as One Dark Throne.
Unpregnant by Jenni Hendricks and Ted Caplan (10th) – This sounds like such an interesting, hard-hitting contemporary, with such a timely premise. Especially when you consider the abortions scandal in May (ish), this sounds like a book that everyone needs to read.
Frankly In Love by David Yoon (10th) – A lot of people are excited for this, and for good reason. This checks off so many boxes. Asian rep? Fake dating? Asian culture? YES. I desperately want to love this.
His Hideous Heart edited by Dahlia Adler (10th) – Not gonna lie, I haven’t gotten into Poe’s works as much as I’d like to, but Annabel Lee is one of my favourite poems, like ever. This is the perfect excuse to get more into Poe’s work, and with Dahlia Adler recently announcing her Shakespeare anthology, I think both of them will be excellent.
Rebel by Marie Lu (1st) – I love Marie Lu, and I hope this wraps up the Legend trilogy well, because it wasn’t as resolved as well as I would have liked. Also, can we talk about that Marie Lu got the cover she deserved? It’s absolutely gorgeous!
10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston (1st) – Admittedly, I haven’t loved the other Elston book I read, but the concept of this book sounds too good and fun to pass up, and this seems like the perfect Christmas rom-com read. I am excited.
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (8th) – Everyone and their mother is excited for this book, and for good reason. Like, it has Yale (a dream university??), secret societies and lots of mysteries. Plus, the release date got pushed back to my birthday, and I honestly can not think of a better birthday present.
Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao (15th) – I LOVED American Panda, and this has amazing reviews, and sounds dark and mysterious. I’m mainly adding this for Gloria Chao and Asian rep, not gonna lie.
Supernova by Marissa Meyer (5th) – Renegades and Archenemies were such fast-paced, exciting reads (I’m still not over the evil cliffhanger of Archenemies), and I cannot wait for this to come out. Also, I love Marissa Meyer with all my heart.
Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan (5th) – I am literally so excited for this, because I loved Girls of Paper and Fire, like everyone else. I also stopped procrastinating and being a Coward by requesting this, so hopefully I can read this as an ARC? I can’t wait for my favourite kickass, warrior Asian girls to come back in their full glory!!
Color Outside The Lines edited by Sangu Mandanna (12th) – A YA anthology about interracial relationship sounds too good to pass up. It has a stunning line-up, and CW’s review completely sold me on this one. I am HYPED.
Eight Will Fall by Sarah Harian (26th) – This sounds interesting, but honestly, I am a little apprehensive about this one. The premise sounds awesome, but I’m not sure how eight perspectives will hold up? I hope this crushes my doubts.
I don’t have any releases on my radar for December of 2019, but let me know that which ones are on yours (or that you think should be on mine!) I can’t find anything, sadly.
Are there any anticipated books on this list that are also on yours? Do you have a 2019 anticipated releases post? (Feel free to link it, I would love to see it) If you can choose, what is your most anticipated release for the second half of the year, and why?