Dreaming of a white Christmas? Me? I’m just dreaming of the day where all my books will be able to fit on my shelves. With so many amazing books coming out this January and February, let alone 2019, it’s probably time to invest in that fifth bookcase.
With my most anticipated 2019 contemporary releases and ‘non-contemporary’ releases posts coming soon, today I’ll be focusing on books being published and January and February and may or may not be included on those lists.
Slayer by Kiersten White (January 8)- Even though I’ve only seen bits and pieces of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I am excited to see Kiersten White’s take on this world. Since I don’t have too much Buffy knowledge, I may put off reading this until I do some rewatching or see how many people say you have to know Buffy inside-and-out to understand the book.
The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden (January 8)- Easily my most anticipated release of winter 2019, I am beyond prepared for The Winter of the Witch. While I really enjoyed The Bear and the Nightingale, I wholeheartedly fell in love with The Girl in the Tower, one of my favorite books of 2018. Inspired by Russian folklore, the Winternight trilogy is one of the most atmospheric stories I’ve ever read and I cannot wait to see how Vasya’s story ends.
The Wicked King by Holly Black (January 8) – I think The Wicked King is one of the most, if not THE most, anticipated release in the YA book community for 2019. I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC at Book Expo 2018. As someone who liked The Cruel Prince and didn’t give too much into the hype, I 100% believe The Wicked King IS WORTH ALL THE HYPE AND MORE. This is such a phenomenal sequel filled with amazing character development and world-building.
The Birds, The Bees, and You & Me by Olivia Hinebaugh (January 22)– While a number of YA books do feature sex as a topic, there aren’t too many that focus on how sex ed is taught in schools. The Birds, The Bees, and You & Me is a sex-positive YA book that’s received fantastic early reviews, following one girl’s mission to change up her high school’s sex education program.
Someday We Will Fly by Rachel DeWoskin (January 22)- For historical fiction, Rachel DeWoskin’s Someday We Will Fly sounds incredibly unique, following one Polish-Jewish family’s flee to Shanghai during World War II.
The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons (February 5)- You had me at contemporary drama inspired by Ocean’s 11. Following Brynn’s ‘start-over’ at an elite academy, this book sounds perfect for readers who love mysteries and books set at private schools.
I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella (February 5)- I’ve really enjoyed Sophie Kinsella’s more recent releases, like My Not So Perfect Life and Finding Audrey (although I wasn’t the biggest fan of Surprise Me). Nevertheless, it’s never a reading year without Sophie Kinsella. I Owe You sounds like it is filled with plenty of romance and family.
Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks (February 12)- I am over the moon excited for Faith Erin Hicks and Rainbow Rowell’s Pumpkinheads, but Hicks’ debut, Comics Will Break Your Heart, also sounds amazing. This Romeo and Juliet-inspired book follows two families-feud over the rights to a comic book series.
The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena (February 26) – Tanaz Bhathena’s A Girl Like That was so stunning and beautifully written, so I’m very excited to pick up her next book. The Beauty of the Moment has been described as a rom-com filled with complex characters, MEANING THAT I AM 100% HERE FOR IT.
What books are you looking forward to this January and February? Share in the comments!