BOOKS FOR THE BEACH & BACKYARD: Summer 2019 Anticipated Releases

In a few recent blog posts, I’ve fangirled over the fact that I am thankful to have more reading more time with the school year over. My summer TBR will surely include the listed below summer 2019 releases, aka books being released between June and August that I cannot wait to get my hands on! Catch me with these while lounging on the beach and by the pool this season.

The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen (June 4)- I always hope that at least one of my favorite and go-to YA contemporary authors come out with a new book during the summer. I couldn’t be more than excited that this year it’s Sarah Dessen with The Rest of the Story. It’s crazy, but of course so lovely, that I’ve been reading her books since middle school and I still get to dive into new books from her! I’m also especially interested in this book because its Sarah Dessen’s first book with Balzer + Bray.

This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura (June 4)- You may make this assumption about me based on this and another book on this list, but I find something so interesting about characters who work in flower shops! Outside from its setting, I’m super intrigued by This Time Will Be Different, as CJ’s family might be selling their store to the family who swindled her grandparents when they were sent to a Japanese-American interment camp during World War II.

Screen Queens by Lori Goldstein (June 11)- You had me with The Bold Type in its premise. I love how YA books have been increasingly featuring girls in STEM, as our three female main protagonists compete to win a dream tech internship.

Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food & Love edited by Elsie Chapman (June 18)- It’s been a while since I read a YA anthology, but I am HERE for a book centered around good. Out of the books’ many authors, I’ve only read work by Sandhya Menon, so I’m looking forward to discovering some new-to-me voices.

Queen of Ruin (Grace and Fury #2) by Tracy Banghart- Grace and Fury unexpectedly stole my heart in 2018 and I am more than ready for the sequel to this female-driven, dystopian, fantasy world.

Maybe This Time by Kasie West (July 9)- I decided to dive into Kasie West’s books in 2019 mainly because of my interest in her upcoming release, Maybe This Time. What is there not to love about a girl working for a florist? And yes, I am a massive fan of books with protagonists who have some of my summer dream jobs.

Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud (July 30)- Books about royals are on so many readers’ brains this year, including mine! How do I sign up for a summer program where I can meet a prince who wants to wisk me off as his guest at his brother’s wedding? Truly Madly Royally promises The Princess Diaries vibes—how could I not read a book that includes one of my all time favorite movies?

Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker (August 6)- I still have to read K.A. Tucker’s This Simple Wild (which I have a feeling I am going to completely adore), but her upcoming release Say You Still Love Me has me similarly invested. I am all for a book about a young businesswoman who runs into her first love again.

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee (August 13)- I don’t think I’ve ever read historical fiction books taking place during The Gilded Age. The premise of The Downstairs Girl has me hooked. By day, Jo Kuan works as a lady’s maid, but by night, she’s a newspaper advice columnist for southern women.

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks (August 27)- I feel like I have been fangirling over Pumpkinheads forever now. And no worries, I won’t stop even after this graphic novel by one of my favorite author comes out. What could I not love about a graphic novel following two friends’ last season working at a pumpkin patch??


What books are you looking forward to this summer? Share in the comments!

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