Top 5 Wednesday: Most Anticipated 2019 Releases

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Top Five Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Thoughts on Tomes! Visit the Goodreads group if you’re interested in joining! This week’s topic is:

December 19: Most Anticipated 2019 Releases
Pretty explanatory. If you can’t narrow it down, give your selections for only the first half of the year or even just for winter 2019.

So many books are set to be released in 2019, it’s impossible to mention them all in one post! So next year, I’ll continue my monthly most anticipated releases post. Today, I am going to talk about some books I can’t wait to get my hands on! These are in order of publication date.

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When Rukhsana Ali’s conservative Muslim parents catch her kissing her girlfriend, they are devastated and send her to Bangladesh. The premise reminds me of Written in the Stars, which is a beautiful yet heartbreaking novel and was one of my favourite reads of 2017. The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali has #OwnVoices Bengali representation and apparently, the lesbian representation was inspired by the author’s daughter. (publication date: January 29th)

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On the Come Up by legendary author Angie Thomas is probably going to be on everyone’s most anticipated releases list. This novel is said to be a “homage to hip-hop”. I love that the cover matches the cover of The Hate U Give ! (publication date: February 5th)

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Renée Watson’s Piecing Me Together is one of my favourite reads of 2018; I can’t wait to read Watch Us Rise. It’s set to be released the day before my birthday! Coincidence? I think not! This novel is about two girls who go viral with their Women’s Rights Club. Soon they experience backlash and trolls, but they refuse to be silenced. (publication date: February 12th)

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While Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman isn’t one of my favourite books, You Asked for Perfect is one of my most anticipated releases of the year! I managed to graduate college (twice, in fact), but I completely fell apart afterwards. I still haven’t been able to find a job because of it. That’s why this novel is certainly going to be incredibly relatable, as it deals with perfectionism and academic pressure. And look at that cover!! I absolutely love it! (publication date: March 5th)

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I know it’s not fair to compare this to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, but because it’s one of my favourite books of the year (and of all-time!), I obviously cannot wait to get my hands on Daisy Jones & The Six. Taylor Jenkins Reid is an auto-buy author and I’m pleased that this novel is historical fiction as well. (publication date: March 5th)

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While I loved the synopsis of Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed, the story focussed too much on the romance for my taste. Internment, however, sounds even better and might be as influential as novels such as The Hate U Give: in a near-future United States of America, Muslim American citizens are detained in internment camps. (publication date: March 19th)

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Ashley Herring Blake is one of my favourite authors, so obviously, The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James has to be on my list! This is Blake’s second queer middle grade novel and I hope I’ll enjoy it as much – if not more – as Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World. (publication date: March 26th)

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Look. Look and listen. This cover is terrible! It looks unfinished, as if it’s a place-holder until the real cover gets revealed. That said, I’m nonetheless really looking forward to Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered. I love the My Favorite Murder podcast and I’m keen to learn more about their past. (publication date: May 28th)


Those are just a couple of the upcoming book releases I am looking forward to! Which are your most anticipated releases of 2019?

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