2019 | twenty anticipated book releases

I’m (nearly) twenty, and I’m here to to talk about books I’ll probably be pre-ordering with my student loan! Nevermind eating; this is what I spend all my University budget on, the good books.

To clarify, if you have not seen my previous posts, I am doing a month of BIG OLD TWENTIES lists for no reason other than I am turning twenty, and I love my blog and also lists.

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The Girl in Red by Christina Henry

Release Date: 18th June

The Girl in Red is a post-apocalyptic adaptation of the Red Riding Hood story. I love both dark fairytale adaptations and post-apocalyptic settings, so this is a dream come true. The fact that it comes from an author who wrote one of the most sickening scenes I’ve ever read (in Alice) makes me even more excited!

Also, it’s out on my birthday! Woo!



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Heartstopper Volume 2 by Alice Oseman

Release Date: 11th July

Alice Oseman is my all-time favourite writer, so it’s completely on brand for me to pre-order this one. I pre-ordered the signed and doodled version of the first volume when it was first released, so I’m keeping my eye out in case they do something similar for this volume, too! Heartstopper follows the blossoming romance between two students, Nick and Charlie, as well as their own personal issues including homophobia and mental health problems.

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The Wishing Bones by Michelle Lovric

Release Date: 25th July

The Wishing Bones follows a young girl in Venice in 1740, who has to save the city from supernatural destruction. There are curses, mermaids, and ‘monstrous eels’, apparently!

Michelle Lovric’s The Undrowned Child duology is my childhood favourite series and the reason I love Venice, so the fact that she’s returning to the city in one of the first books I’ve seen her publish in a few years? I’m losing it!


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No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter

Release Date: 8th August

This book has an amazing cover and blurb, following main character Emily Daly: 17, stylish, and fat. This book screams body positivity, challenging diet fads, fatphobia and being true to yourself.

It’s the kind of book I need, oh so desperately, and I cannot wait to read it!


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The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare

 Release Date: 13th August

I read the first two books in the Girl Meets Duke series earlier this year, and absolutely loved them. I think this is Tessa Dare’s strongest series by far, so another instalment is really exciting.

This one follows Penelope, animal lover and absolute sweetheart, who sets her neighbour, Gabriel Duke, the challenge of finding homes for all the animals he’s demanding she get rid of.


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To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin

Release Date: 20th August

Another fat positive book! I’ve been waiting for this one to get released in the UK paperback for over a year.

Apparently this is adorable and fluffy, following teenager Savannah struggling to live with her weight loss-obsessed mother after her older sister leaves for college, but finds solace with George, the cute new boy at school.

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Dead Voices by Katherine Arden

Release Date: 27th August

In May I listened to the audiobook for Small Spaces, book one in this (what I presume is going to be) series. It was an amazing horror middle grade, and one of the first reads that wasn’t an adult horror to actually scare me.

The sequel follows the same group of kids after they are trapped in Mount Hemlock Resort during a snowstorm, and are forced to face the ghosts that are residing in the lodge, as well as a mysterious ghost hunter who turns up in the midst of the storm.

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Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab

Release Date: 3rd September

Another middle grade horror, this time the sequel to City of Ghosts, a book I loved in 2018. This one is set in the catacombs of Paris, moving on from Scotland, with our hero Cassidy Blake returning with the help of her ghost best friend Jacob to stop an evil lurking underneath the city.

The author describes it as ‘Darker, stranger, and far more French’, which sounds great! I think 2019 has been a great year for spooky middle grades, honestly.

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She’s the Worst by Lauren Spieller

Release Date: 3rd September

I have a soft spot for narratives revolving around siblings, especially sisters, so this book sounds perfect.

When younger sister April notices her sister Jenn isn’t feeling great about staying home for college, she drags her along reliving their childhood around LA. But Jenn is keeping a secret, and it could tear their family- and the sisters themselves- apart. Sounds perfect, right?

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Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Release Date: 10th September

I’ve seen some quotes from this that made me cackle, so I’m very much looking forward to finally discovering another fantasy that won’t make me rip my hair out with having only world building and nothing to make me love the characters.

All I know is that it has a lesbian necromancer as the main character and apparently an enemies to lovers F/F relationship, which– YES?!



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Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

Release Date: 10th September

I have this Thing for stories about monsters that most definitely stems from watching Monsters Inc constantly as a kid.

This one has a pretty mysterious blurb, compared to a lot of others, but as far as I can tell it’s about a girl called Jam who finds out monsters are very much real and her best friend is in danger because of them, while all the adults around her continue to deny their existence. It sounds amazing, and the cover is absolutely beautiful!

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The Infinite Noise by Lauren Shippen

Release Date: 24th September

This is the first book in a series of novels based on the Bright Sessions podcast, which follows a therapist and the people with supernatural abilities she sees.

The Infinite Noise is about my two favourites in the podcast, Caleb (an empath) and Adam (where I’m at in the podcast, a normal human boy), and I am absolutely OVER THE MOON to be getting a book with a cover this pretty based on two amazing queer boys!

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Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker

Release Date: 24th September

People are saying this is the most real portrayal of teen depression and anxiety they’ve ever seen, which I’m 100% here for.

My dissertation is on the representation of mental health in YA, so I’ll definitely be picking this one up, and I’m really keeping my fingers crossed that I end up enjoying it! It also has a lot on music, something that I’ve found solace in struggling with my own mental health.

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The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

Release Date: 24th September

A gothic psychological thriller? YES.

The vibes I got reading the blurb is that this is very much the Argentinian equivalent to Suspiria, with young woman Mavi fleeing a military regime to teach at a school in Argentina for elite young girls. It’s going to be very spooky and sinister, with possessions and curses, and I am so so excited to pick this up!

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I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi

Release Date: 22nd October

This is an ‘end of the world’ story, with three teenagers colliding as they try to right their wrongs and end their lives satisfied in the seven days before an alien civilisation is apparently going hit the kill switch.

I’m a massive fan of alien and invasion stories, so to see something similar combined with a more contemporary setting- a la ‘We Are the Ants’- has me very much excited.

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The Light At the Bottom of the World by London Shah

Release Date: 29th October

Great Britain- along with the rest of the world- is completely underwater, the surface too dangerous to live on. Sixteen year old Leyla is forced to venture into the unknown depths, far beyond where humans have travelled, to save her father from a corrupt government.

This sounds…. amazing. I am nothing but excited to read a version of the place I grew up in, only this time it’s completely underwater.

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Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

Release Date: 5th November

I don’t talk about it a lot, but I love The Raven Cycle specifically for Ronan and Adam, so to have a whole series based off them has me more excited than words can express.

My one MAJOR issue with this book is…….. how ugly the cover is. To go from the beautiful white UK covers to this truly is a stretch of epic proportions, but I’ll tolerate it for my favourite characters!

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The Night Country by Melissa Albert

Release Date: 7th January 2020

This won’t be the cover I end up getting, as a UK girl, but I have no doubt the UK cover will be just as stunning. I read and loved the first book, The Hazel Wood, in 2018, so I’m very much excited to revisit this world and the characters.

It’s a dark portal fantasy story, about a girl thrust into the middle of the fairytale world after the characters all come to life. I actually read the excerpt of the first chapter released online and I can confirm I would let Sophia Snow gutter stomp me!

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We Used to Be Friends by Amy Spalding

Release Date: 7th January 2020

I think we can all agree that friendship break ups are the worst thing ever to go through, so a whole book dedicated to that? Most definitely going to break my heart, but also dredge up a lot of the past fall outs I’ve had and make me analyse everything I’ve ever done wrong in a friendship.

Another beautiful cover! Honestly, designers have been knocking it out the ball park the past two years.

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Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega

Release Date: 7th April 2020

I know I said designers have been killing it with YA, but middle grade designers have been destroying it for years, and them’s the FACTS.

This is going to have Dominican folklore, spooky ghosts, a cool witch grandma, a fat cat named after Chunk in The Goonies (yesyesyesyesyesye-) and two kids- Lucely and Syd- who accidentally awaken spirits. SO COOL.



And those are my most anticipated releases! Are there any on this list you’re looking forward to? Any new additions to your TBR, thanks to little old me? Also, how cool are these covers (apart from Call Down the Hawk, all tea no shade)?

Thank you for reading!

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7 thoughts on “2019 | twenty anticipated book releases

  1. So true about those middle-grade covers, I’m always saying that they have been on point for a lot longer than YA has! Great list and so many of these are on my list too. I really loved To Be Honest – it was actual healthy fat rep – thank the lord lol


    1. Middle grade is on another LEVEL, honestly, I don’t think any other age group covers can have that much colour and whimsy on the cover! Yesss I’m so glad to hear that, the UK is so far behind on releases but it’s been great seeing so many readers already confirm the books have good rep!!


  2. crypticcriticchan

    This is the first time I’m hearing about Heartstopper! The cover looks so cute, with Pride month here, this will be something I will be an eye out for! Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

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