If you thought 2018 was filled with ALL the amazing new books (which it was), think again. 2019 is truly going to be an awesome year for YA book releases. Many of my all-time favorite authors are coming out with such exciting titles (helloooo Rainbow Rowell), so this reader definitely needs to be saving all of her bookstore gift cards from Christmas.
While this list does not include every single book I’m anticipating in 2019 (because your fingers would hate me from all of that scrolling and I’ve already recapped my most anticipated contemporary releases), today I’m going to be discussing the non- contemporary books I absolutely cannot wait to grace my bookshelves.
The Wicked King (The Folk of Air #2) by Holly Black (January 8)– I’ve cheated a little bit with The Wicked King, considering that I was fortunate enough to read an ARC in 2018. But let me tell you, I am so ready to reread this The Cruel Prince sequel already because it impressed me that much. And yes, I’ll be crying until The Queen of Nothing.
The Winter of the Witch (Winternight #3) by Katherine Arden (January 8)– I needed this book in October after I unexpectedly devoured The Girl in the Tower in less than two days. I’m really not ready for the Winternight trilogy to end, but I am ready to see what Katherine Arden has in store for Vasya and co.
Imprison the Sky (Elementae #2) by A.C. Gaughen (January 22)– Reign the Earth was one of my favorite books of 2018, totally entranced by its elemental magic system and world. Imprison the Sky follows a girl who can control wind and I cannot wait to see this world and series expand.
Someday We Will Fly by Rachel DeWoskin (January 22)– I love reading untold stories set during World War II and the Holocaust. Someday We Will Fly beings in 1940s Warsaw, where Lilia’s Jewish family decides to flee to Shanghai for their safety.
Lovely War by Julie Berry (March 5)– Julie Berry’s Lovely War sounds like another super unique historical fiction novel. It’s 1942 when immortals Ares and Aphrodite are caught by the latter’s jealous husband. Aphrodite must justify her actions, or face judgment on Mount Olympus. Aphrodite takes readers back to 1917, telling the story of four mortals whose lives entwined in the crucible of World War I,
All for One (Alex & Eliza #3) by Melissa de la Cruz (April 16)– Melissa de la Cruz’s Alex and Eliza trilogy is the perfect solution to the need for Hamilton content in my life.
Queen of Ruin (Grace and Fury #2) by Tracy Banghart (July 2)– Being that Grace and Fury was one of my favorite 2018 reads, I have a feeling Queen of Ruin will be an epic return back to this fantasy filled with sisterhood.
The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee (August 13)– The Downstairs Girl sounds so different from most historical fiction books that I’ve read. By day, seventeen-year old Jo serves as a lady’s maid for one of the cruel daughter of a wealthy Atalanta families. By night, she moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column, challenging society’s ideas of race and gender.
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks (August 27)– Pumpkinheads has been on my TBR since 2017. I cannot wait for this graphic novel following two best friends working in a pumpkin patch (can you sense the fall vibes already??) written by one of my all-time favorite authors.
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (October 1)- Leigh Barudgo’s Ninth House is another book that has been sitting on my TBR since 2017, and it sounds so different, but obviously still amazing, than Leigh’s other books. The first book in this new series follows a Yale University student’s encounter with the school’s secret societies.
Wayward Son (Carry On #2) by Rainbow Rowell (TBD)– Not only are we being blessed with Pumpkinheads in 2019, but we’re getting Wayward Son one year earlier than expected. Although I was satisfied with Carry On’s ending, I’m really excited to see what Rainbow Rowell does with Wayward Son.
Untitled (Legend #4) by Marie Lu (TBD)– Some of the best bookish news of 2018 for this fangirl was that Marie Lu is coming out with a fourth book in her Legend series. Legend is one of my all-time favorite YA series, so I am very much excited for this unexpected sequel.
The World of Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (TBD)– You know, I was starting to think I was ready to say goodbye to Throne of Glass when Kingdom of Ash came out… until KoA crushed my bookish soul and made me realize I’m not ready to let go of these characters. The most exciting aspect of The World of Throne of Glass is that it will feature the ToG cast ten years after KoA’s ending.
Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu (TBD)– There aren’t too many details about Kingdom of Back’s release, but Marie Lu’s book inspired by Mozart’s childhood sounds really unique.
No worries, there are even more 2019 books on my radar- be prepared for ALL the seasonal anticipated reads lists. What 2019 books are on your TBR? Share in the comments!