Most Anticipated Reads: April 2019

Most Anticipated Reads: April 2019

April this year has so many good reads publishing. I’m seriously floored by all the wonderful books entering the world, so I had to share the ones I’m most excited about.

The whole month has some of my most highly anticipated reads of the year. This is going to be such a good month for reading, collecting books, and just staring at their spines while I try to read everything else. What are you most excited about this month?

Books Publishing April 2

Most of the books I’m excited about are publishing today and I couldn’t be more happy about it. I’ll actually be going to Steven Rowley’s book signing tonight for The Editor. I’m excited to try out The Devouring Gray. It’s supposed to be the hot new fantasy series. Wicked Saints is also high up there as most anticipated for me.

Books Publishing April 9

I’m currently reading How to Make Friends With the Dark and I have to admit, it’s a really good and really sad story. If you’re in the mood for something that will teach you some life (and death) lessons, try that one out for size. After you do, read Meet Cute and The Peacock Emporium to wash out that sadness. It’s a good week to be publishing books and you can definitely get in the mood with these.

Books Publishing April 16

In my public book person’s mind, I should be lighting up for Miracle Creek and I really am excited about that book. I’m also super excited about Normal People. But my private book person’s mind, I’m most excited about EL James writing something aside from Christian Grey.

Books Publishing April 23

To round out the end of the month, I can’t wait for The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth. It’s going to be a summer with some amazing thrillers and crime fiction and I can’t wait!

My Most Anticipated Reads Publishing in February 2019

My Most Anticipated Reads Publishing in February 2019

I’m bringing this back because I love displaying for you all the books I’m excited about publishing. I’m going to take it different this time. Instead of copy and pasting all the syopsis, I’m going to share why I want these books. I think that’ll be fun (and more work, but I’m trying to break my habit of being super lazy).

Here’s what’s been published and what’s publishing this month that I need to get my hands on:

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

  • Publishing Date: February 5, 2019
  • Publisher: Balzer and Bray
  • Genre: Contemporary YA/Diverse YA

The MOST anticipated novel from Angie Thomas after her crazy success with The Hate U Give. Reading the synopsis, this sounds like it’s going to be much different from The Hate U Give, which I’m totally fine with. I love books that have a big social message and share the concerns many girls Starr’s age dealt with, but I also love good representation. I just ordered this one on Amazon, so I’m now doggedly waiting for them to arrive.

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

  • Publishing Date: February 5, 2019
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Genre: Contemporary Romance

The last time I read a book by Sophie Kinsella was back when I was in college and reading the Shopaholic series. Let me tell you how refreshing it is to read a contemporary romance when you’re stuck taking endless philosophy classes. But that was the end of my reading dance with Sophie Kinsella. Suddenly, I find my dance card filled again and I can’t wait to read this one. I might add this to my March TBR because all these heavy reads are aching for something lighter.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

  • Publishing Date: February 26, 2019
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • Genre: Adult Fantasy

Let me tell you right here, right now that I have already preordered this book. All this book needed to say was “dragons.” I feel like I’ve been promised dragons so many times with fantasy and I have yet to receive my dragons. Let this be the book. I fell in love with Samantha Shannon’s first series, The Bone Season. I think it might be my first fantasy series outside of Twilight, which makes it doubly special for me. I was a little disappointed when that series didn’t take off as I thought it would. However, Samantha Shannon is back and I can’t wait to read this one. While I would have loved to receive a copy of this book, I’m afraid I’ll be spending my hard-earned money on it. That’s okay with me! Take all my money, Samantha. Take it ALL.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

  • Publishing Date: February 5, 2019
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • Genre: Adult Fantasy

I finally finished reading Black Leopard, Red Wolf, but sadly my opinions of this book are a little unpopular. Don’t get me wrong, I thought this book was incredible and the story was one of those ones where I couldn’t get enough. But I honestly don’t like the way Marlon James writes. It really pains me to review a book because of something as technical as its writing style. But I think writing style is super important when it comes to a good book. For Marlon James, it felt like he didn’t know when to stop writing. I think that was evident in the 600 pages of writing that could have honestly stopped around 450-500 pages. I would strongly encourage people to read this one if they don’t mind the writing style. If you can get through it, you’ll be a lucky recipient of an amazing fantasy novel.

The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

  • Publishing Date: February 12, 2019
  • Publisher: Flatiron Books
  • Genre: Historical Fiction/Magical Realism

This book has already been making the rounds in the community and it has one more week before it’s out! And I’m not talking about people just promoting the book, but actually reading it and blown away by how good it is. You have to give props to a story that’s able to generate buzz before it’s fully published. I’ve had a copy of this sitting on my desk and I didn’t take the opportunity to read it (but that’s also because I’m like eight years behind on my TBR). I’m ecstatic about this book because it’s a blend of fantasy and reality. I have this feeling it’s going to carry the vibe as a story like In the Mood for Love. I’m also totally into stories using old myths and legends and making them come to life.

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray

  • Publishing Date: February 19, 2019
  • Publisher: Berkley
  • Genre: Contemporary Fiction

To be honest, I don’t know much about this book, but when a synopsis says it’s a combo of An American Marriage and The Mothers, then I’m sold. I also love strong family stories and this one follows a family of sisters. When the oldest gets arrested for mysterious reasons, the family needs to prepare themselves for the fight of their life. I think I’m going to absolutely love this one.

The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

  • Publishing Date: February 12, 2019
  • Publisher: Tor Books
  • Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy

I’ve heard of Charlie Jane Anders for a few years now and for some reason I never took the time to read All the Birds in the Sky. Now, she’s about to publish their second novel and I’m super excited about this one more than her first. Set on a different planet with its own set of rules and regulations to live by, it reminds me a lot of an episode of Star Trek. Unlike an episode of Star Trek, this one gets dark and there’s no one to help them out. I can’t wait to get lost in this new epic science fiction novel! I hope it’s just as good as Dune. Please be just as good as Dune!

Enchantee by Gita Trelease

  • Publishing Date: February 5, 2019
  • Publisher: Flatiron Books
  • Genre: Historical Fiction/Fantasy

I will admit, I was interested in this book because the name and the French flag all over the front. But now that I’m looking at the premise, I can definitely see myself reading and really enjoying this book. It’s got magic and Versaille and a girl who has to do what she needs to survive. I can’t resist a good story like this.

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

  • Publishing Date: February 12, 2019
  • Publisher: Knopf
  • Genre: Contemporary/Literary Fiction

I think this book is going to be a good one and for a few reasons. First, it’s the story of a young family making their way across America in a beat up Volvo. It also talks about the children who were detained and imrpsioned at the US/Mexico border. And the final piece is the documentation and text it’ll supply sharing the stories of migration and displacement. I might be reading this one with my book club later this year, but I might also sneak this onto my TBR next month.

More Than Words by Jill Santopolo

  • Publishing Date: February 5, 2019
  • Publisher: GP Putnam and Son’s
  • Genre: Contemporary Fiction

While I wasn’t the biggest fan of Jill Santopolo’s first book, The Light We Lost, I did come away with that book as a fan of her writing. More Than Words is her second adult novel and I couldn’t be more excited. While she’s mainly a children’s book author, I love authors who branch off and write something for someone a little older. It begins with the loss of her father and how that pain kind of moves towards everything else in her life. It’s categorized as a romance, but knowing what happened at the The Light We Lost, I’m thinking this is going to be another love story without a happily ever after.

Bangkok Wakes to Rain by Pitchaya Sudbanthad

  • Publishing Date: February 19, 2019
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • Genre: Historical Fiction

Similarly to The Night Tiger, I’m looking to read more Asian authors that don’t specifically come from Korea. I love Korean and Korean American stories, but I also feel like they’re dominating the diverse publishing world right now. This sounds like several different stories happening at once all during post-WW2 Thailand. Not only are the stories from various people, but from various parts of the country and the world. I honestly know nothing about Thailand or Bangkok, but I have been there. I know that the country is vibrant and rich with culture and when I went there, it was one of my favorite places to be. I can’t wait to dive into this one especially since it’s not another Korean story.

What books are you excited about this month? Any of these on your radar?

My Most Anticipated Reads – December 2018

My Most Anticipated Reads – December 2018

I’m thinking about changing the title of these to “my most anticipated reads being published in December,” but that feels too long. Ha so it’ll probably stay the same.

I like to think of December as the lull month. Not a lot going on, people getting ready for the holidays, and reading reading reading while the snow falls gently outside. It’ll be more sunshine for me, but I’ve got that old holiday feeling in me.

Here’s what I’m excited about publishing this December:

The Frame-Up by Meghan Scott Molin

  • Publisher: 47North
  • Publishing Date: December 1, 2018
  • Genre: Mystery/Romance

39009405MG Martin lives and breathes geek culture. She even works as a writer for the comic book company she idolized as a kid. But despite her love of hooded vigilantes, MG prefers her comics stay on the page.

But when someone in LA starts recreating crime scenes from her favorite comic book, MG is the LAPD’s best—and only—lead. She recognizes the golden arrow left at the scene as the calling card of her favorite comic book hero. The thing is…superheroes aren’t real. Are they?

When the too-handsome-for-his-own-good Detective Kildaire asks for her comic book expertise, MG is more than up for the adventure. Unfortunately, MG has a teeny little tendency to not follow rules. And her off-the-books sleuthing may land her in a world of trouble.

Because for every superhero, there is a supervillain. And the villain of her story may be closer than she thinks…

The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson

  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publishing Date: December 4, 2018
  • Genre: Contemporary Womens Fiction

38532229Charlotte Gorman loves her job as an elementary school librarian, and is content to experience life through the pages of her books. Which couldn’t be more opposite from her identical twin sister. Ginny, an Instagram-famous beauty pageant contestant, has been chasing a crown since she was old enough to enunciate the words world peace, and she’s not giving up until she gets the title of Miss American Treasure. And Ginny’s refusing to do it alone this time.

She drags Charlotte to the pageant as a good luck charm, but the winning plan quickly goes awry when Ginny has a terrible, face-altering allergic reaction the night before the pageant, and Charlotte suddenly finds herself in a switcheroo the twins haven’t successfully pulled off in decades.

Woefully unprepared for the glittery world of hair extensions, false eyelashes, and push-up bras, Charlotte is mortified at every unstable step in her sky-high stilettos. But as she discovers there’s more to her fellow contestants than just wanting a sparkly crown, Charlotte realizes she has a whole new motivation for winning.

Dear Los Angeles: The City in Diaries and Letters, 1542 to 2018 ed. by David Kipen

  • Publisher: Modern Library
  • Publishing Date: December 4, 2018
  • Genre: Historical Non-Fiction

39404423The City of Angels has played a distinct role in the hearts, minds, and imaginations of millions of people, who see it as the ultimate symbol of the American Dream. David Kipen, a cultural historian and avid scholar of Los Angeles, has scoured libraries, archives, and private estates to assemble a kaleidoscopic view of a truly unique city.

From the Spanish missionary expeditions in the early 1500s to the Golden Age of Hollywood to the strange new world of social media, this collection is a slice of life in L.A. through the years. The pieces are arranged by date–January 1st to December 31st–featuring selections from different decades and centuries. What emerges is a vivid tapestry of insights, personal discoveries, and wry observations that together distill the essence of the city.

As sprawling and magical as the city itself, Dear Los Angeles is a fascinating, must-have collection for everyone in, from, or touched by Southern California.

With excerpts from the writing of Ray Bradbury – Edgar Rice Burroughs – Octavia E. Butler – Italo Calvino – Winston Churchill – No�l Coward – Simone De Beauvoir – James Dean – T. S. Eliot – William Faulkner – Lawrence Ferlinghetti – Richard Feynman – F. Scott Fitzgerald – Allen Ginsberg – Dashiell Hammett – Charlton Heston – Zora Neale Hurston – Christopher Isherwood – John Lennon – H. L. Mencken – Ana�s Nin – Sylvia Plath – Ronald Reagan – Joan Rivers – James Thurber – Dalton Trumbo – Evelyn Waugh – Tennessee Williams – P. G. Wodehouse – and many more

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publishing Date: December 4, 2018
  • Genre: Fantasy

40130093A dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child.

Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life.

Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can it be explained by science?

Replete with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfield’s bestseller The Thirteenth Tale. 

My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publishing Date: December 4, 2018
  • Genre: Contemporary Romance

38357345Millie Morris has always been one of the guys. A UC Santa Barbara professor, she’s a female-serial-killer expert who’s quick with a deflection joke and terrible at getting personal. And she, just like her four best guy friends and fellow professors, is perma-single.

So when a routine university function turns into a black tie gala, Mille and her circle make a pact that they’ll join an online dating service to find plus-ones for the event. There’s only one hitch: after making the pact, Millie and one of the guys, Reid Campbell, secretly spend the sexiest half-night of their lives together, but mutually decide the friendship would be better off strictly platonic.

But online dating isn’t for the faint of heart. While the guys are inundated with quality matches and potential dates, Millie’s first profile attempt garners nothing but dick pics and creepers. Enter “Catherine”—Millie’s fictional profile persona, in whose make-believe shoes she can be more vulnerable than she’s ever been in person. Soon “Catherine” and Reid strike up a digital pen-pal-ship…but Millie can’t resist temptation in real life, either. Soon, Millie will have to face her worst fear—intimacy—or risk losing her best friend, forever.

The Disasters by MK England

  • Publisher: HarperCollins 
  • Publishing Date: December 18, 2018
  • Genre: Science Fiction, YA, LGBTQ

32469736Hotshot pilot Nax Hall has a history of making poor life choices. So it’s not exactly a surprise when he’s kicked out of the elite Ellis Station Academy in less than twenty-four hours.

But Nax’s one-way trip back to Earth is cut short when a terrorist group attacks the Academy. Nax and three other washouts escape—barely—but they’re also the sole witnesses to the biggest crime in the history of space colonization. And the perfect scapegoats.

On the run and framed for atrocities they didn’t commit, Nax and his fellow failures execute a dangerous heist to spread the truth about what happened at the Academy.

They may not be “Academy material,” and they may not get along, but they’re the only ones left to step up and fight. 

My Most Anticipated Reads of September 2018

My Most Anticipated Reads of September 2018

New month and new reads! I hope it includes some of these titles because I’ve been waiting for what seems like forever for these to be published.

I’m most definitely excited for Whiskey in a Cup by Reese Witherspoon. Like everyone else, I’m a huge fan of Reese and probably seen every movie she’s ever been in. And being an advocate for books always wins points with me.

I’m also excited about Wildcard, the second book from Marie Lu’s successful Warcross series. If you’re looking for a science fiction novel written by a woman, definitely check this one out.

And finally, the best book I can’t wait for this month is Hank Green’s An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. I’m such a huge fan of both Hank and John Green and I can’t wait to read his work!

What are you excited about this month?

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My Most Anticipated Reads of August 2018

My Most Anticipated Reads of August 2018

August always feels like that throwaway month. It’s the month before school starts and as much fun as you’re having, there’s that little thing egging at you that summer is almost over. I hate that feeling and I’m an adult!

But I’m going to be honest, I’ve got a lot going on this month. I have a big move and packing and for some reason all the books I’ve collected feel like they’re closing in on me. It’s getting kind of claustrophobic in here.

So I might not be picking up any books this month from publishers. However, this month has got some treats for you if you’re interested! Definitely check these books out coming out in August.

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My Most Anticipated Reads for July 2018

My Most Anticipated Reads for July 2018

Summer seems to be a slower time for books. There’s still many coming out, but less so than the winter months. Perhaps it’s because book people are more winter people? Who knows.

But as the season gets warmer, here’s some fun books publishing in July that I’m excited about! Mark your calendars because even though there aren’t as many books I’m excited about, the ones on this list are going to be amazing.

As a reminder, this is just a list of all the books publishing in July that I’m excited about. I know I’m probably missing a lot here, but I wanted to highlight the ones I would read myself. Hope you enjoy!

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My Most Anticipated Reads for June 2018

My Most Anticipated Reads for June 2018

Get your pre-order game on because June has got a ton of fun reads being published. I’ve already read a couple of the books on this list, so I’ll include my reviews for them.

When I think of June (and all the summer month), I just think of love and fun and a little mischief. I’ve also included a star on the books I’m super excited about and can’t wait to read. Without further ado, here’s what’s publishing in June:

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