12 Most Anticipated 2019 Releases
I know that one of my new year's resolutions is a semi-book-buying ban but is it ever too early to start thinking about more books while all the unread books on my shelf sit patiently waiting? The answer is definitely no!
I’ve been keeping a list of books coming out in 2019 that I am very excited about reading when they come out this year that I wanted to share with you. So get those hold buttons, pre-orders and goodreads ‘to-read’ lists ready! Without further ado, let’s dive into some of the books to look forward to in 2019! Each entry contains a brief description as well as why I am particularly excited about each release. If you see any that you are excited about or know of any you think should be on this list, let me know in the comments below!
Mouthful of Birds by Samantha Swcheblin
Genre: Short Stories Fiction
Publisher: Riverhead books
Pub Date: January 8th 2019
Unearthly and unexpected, the stories in Mouthful of Birds burrow their way into your psyche and don't let go. Samanta Schweblin haunts and mesmerizes in this extraordinary, masterful collection. Schweblin's stories have the feel of a sleepless night, where every shadow and bump in the dark take on huge implications, leaving your pulse racing, and the line between the real and the strange blur.
Why I am excited: Last year I read, and was enthralled by Swcheblin’s Fever Dream. Her writing was unlike anything I had ever read and I am very excited to read her sophomore novel and dive back into the weird and wonderful prose.
2. A Sprinkle of Spirits by Anna Meriano
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Publisher: Walden Pond Press
Pub Date: February 5th 2019
Leonora Logroño has finally been introduced to her family’s bakery bruja magic—but that doesn’t mean everything is all sugar and spice. Her special power hasn’t shown up yet, her family still won’t let her perform her own spells, and they now act rude every time Caroline comes by to help Leo with her magic training.She knows that the family magic should be kept secret, but Caroline is her best friend, and she’s been feeling lonely ever since her mom passed away. Why should Leo have to choose between being a good bruja and a good friend?
Why I am excited: This middle grade fantasy series features baking brujas, enough said.
3. Lost Children Archive Valeria Luiselli
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Pub Date: February 12th 2019
Told through the voices of the mother and her son, as well as through a stunning tapestry of collected texts and images--including prior stories of migration and displacement--Lost Children Archive is a story of how we document our experiences, and how we remember the things that matter to us the most. Blending the personal and the political with astonishing empathy, it is a powerful, wholly original work of fiction: exquisite, provocative, and deeply moving.
Why I am excited: Valeria Luiselli is another author who flavors her beautiful writing with a dash of strange and interesting, as she tackles contemporary political issues. You know her writing will always make you pause and reflect on an angle you hadn’t previously considered.
4. We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (Harper Collins)
Pub Date: February 26th 2019
At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two roles in their polarized society. Depending on her specialization, a graduate will one day run a husband’s household or raise his children, but both are promised a life of comfort and luxury, far from the frequent political uprisings of the lower class. Daniela Vargas is the school’s top student, but her bright future depends upon no one discovering her darkest secret—that her pedigree is a lie. Her parents sacrificed everything to obtain forged identification papers so Dani could rise above her station. Now that her marriage to an important politico’s son is fast approaching, she must keep the truth hidden or be sent back to the fringes of society, where famine and poverty rule supreme.
On her graduation night, Dani seems to be in the clear, despite the surprises that unfold. But nothing prepares her for all the difficult choices she must make, especially when she is asked to spy for a resistance group desperately fighting to bring equality to Medio. Will Dani cling to the privilege her parents fought to win for her, or to give up everything she’s strived for in pursuit of a free Medio—and a chance at a forbidden love?
Why I am excited: Dystopian social structure? A resistance? Forbidden love? Move over Katniss and Tris, Dani is coming for you!
5. Dealing in Dreams By Lilliam Rivera
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Pub Date: March 5th 2019
Nalah leads the fiercest all-girl crew in Mega City. That roles brings with it violent throw downs and access to the hottest boydega clubs, but the sixteen-year-old grows weary of the life. Her dream is to get off the streets and make a home in the exclusive Mega Towers, in which only a chosen few get to live. To make it to the Mega towers, Nalah must prove her loyalty to the city's benevolent founder and cross the border in a search for a mysterious gang the Ashé Ryders. Led by a reluctant guide, Nalah battles other crews and her own doubts, but the closer she gets to her goal, the more she loses sight of everything—and everyone— she cares about
Why I am excited: Genre fiction is one of my true loves and I am always on the lookout for more Latinx fantasy and sci-fi in particular! Also the premise just sounds super intriguing.
6. Sabrina and Corina
Genre: Fiction, Short stories
Publisher: One World
Pub Date: April 2nd 2019
Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s magnetic story collection breathes life into her Indigenous Latina characters and the land they inhabit. Against the remarkable backdrop of Denver, Colorado—a place that is as fierce as it is exquisite—these women navigate the land the way they navigate their lives: with caution, grace, and quiet force. Sabrina & Corina is a moving narrative of unrelenting feminine power and an exploration of the universal experiences of abandonment, heritage, and an eternal sense of home.
Why I am excited: Behold the power of social media: I first learned about this book from a fellow Bookstagramer and I am so happy I hear about it! I’ve been looking to add more short story collections to my TBR and this one sounds right up my ally!
7. The Affairs of the Falcones by Melissa Rivero
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Pub Date: April 2nd 2019
Ana Falcón, along with her husband Lucho and their two young children, has fled the economic and political strife of Peru for a chance at a new life in New York City in the 1990s. Being undocumented, however, has significantly curtailed the family’s opportunities: Ana is indebted to a loan shark who calls herself Mama, and is stretched thin by unceasing shifts at her factory job. To make matters worse, Ana must also battle both criticism from Lucho’s cousin—who has made it obvious the family is not welcome to stay in her spare room for much longer—and escalating and unwanted attention from Mama’s husband. As the pressure builds, Ana becomes increasingly desperate. While Lucho dreams of returning to Peru, Ana is deeply haunted by the demons she left behind and determined to persevere in this new country. But how many sacrifices is she willing to make before admitting defeat and returning to Peru? And what lines is she willing to cross in order to protect her family?
Why I am excited: I am always down for a family immigration story, but particularly one from Peru. I have yet to feature a Peruvian book and I cannot wait to read this one!
8. When we left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Berkley Books
Pub Date: April 9th 2019
The Cuban Revolution took everything from sugar heiress Beatriz Perez--her family, her people, her country. Recruited by the CIA to infiltrate Fidel Castro's inner circle and pulled into the dangerous world of espionage, Beatriz is consumed by her quest for revenge and her desire to reclaim the life she lost.
As the Cold War swells like a hurricane over the shores of the Florida Strait, Beatriz is caught between the clash of Cuban American politics and the perils of a forbidden affair with a powerful man driven by ambitions of his own. When the ever-changing tides of history threaten everything she has fought for, she must make a choice between her past and future--but the wrong move could cost Beatriz everything--not just the island she loves, but also the man who has stolen her heart…
9. With the Fire on High Elizabeth Acevedo
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pub Date: May 7th 2019
With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the class’s trip to Spain — and shouldn’t still be dreaming of someday working in a real kitchen. But even with all the rules she has for her life — and all the rules everyone expects her to play by — once Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free.
Why I am excited: Elizabeth Acevedo became an instant buy author for me after her incredible ‘The Poet X’ Came out last year. But on top of being another Elizabeth Acevedo book, it has a culinary element to it. I am so here for this.
10. Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Pub Date: May 14th 2019
Rosa is cursed by the sea--at least that's what they say.
Dating her is bad news, especially if you're a boy with a boat.
But Rosa feels more caught than cursed. Caught between cultures and choices. Between her abuela, a beloved healer and pillar of their community, and her mother, an artist who crashes in and out of her life like a hurricane. Between Port Coral, the quirky South Florida town they call home, and Cuba, the island her abuela refuses to talk about. As her college decision looms, Rosa collides—literally—with Alex Aquino, the mysterious boy with tattoos of the ocean whose family owns the marina. With her heart, her family, and her future on the line, can Rosa break a curse and find her place beyond the horizon?
Why I am excited: Nautical themed comedy romance? I will never say no to this. Also it is being pitched for fans of ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ so double yes.
11. Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Publisher: Del Rey
Pub Date: August 6th 2019
The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather's house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty, small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own.
Yet this new life seems as distant as the stars, until the day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather's room. She opens it--and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan God of Death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Failure will mean Casiopea's demise, but success could make her dreams come true.
In the company of the strangely alluring god and armed with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross-country odyssey, from the jungles of Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City--and deep into the darkness of the Mayan underworld.
Mixing the excitement of the Roaring Twenties with Pre Hispanic mythology, Gods of Jade and Shadow is a vivid, wildly imaginative historical fantasy.
Why I am excited: I feel like this was written for me. Fantasy? Pre-hispanic mythology? Thank you Silvia for giving me the gift of reading this book!
12. Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega
Cover: To Be Revealed
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Pub Date: September 3rd 2019
The hurricane-swept town of St. Augustine is the only home Lucely Luna has ever known. It's the same home her father grew up in, and his parents before him. In fact, all of the deceased relatives in the Luna family now live as firefly spirits in the weeping willow tree in their backyard.
Shortly before Halloween, a mysterious storm appears on the radar heading towards St. Augustine, causing Lucely's firefly spirits to lose their connection to this world. In an effort to save them, Lucely finds a spell to bring them back to life, but accidentally brings more spirits to the town than she'd planned. Ghosts start showing up all around town, some more dangerous than others, wreaking havoc.
Lucely will have to band together with her best friend and occult buff, Syd, along with Syd's witch grandmother, Babette, and her tubby tabby, Chunk, to fight the haunting head on, save the town, and save her firefly spirits all before the full moon culminates on Halloween.
Why I am excited: I love me a good holiday themed book! I am always looking to add to my Halloween TBR pile and this one looks super adorable!