Top 10 of 2018: Anticipated 2019 Releases

Posted December 31, 2018 by Madalyn || 20 Comments

Friends, we have officially made it to the LAST post of Top 10 of 2018! Top 10 of 2018 is a week-long blog event hosted by KimberlyFaye Reads that gives us the chance to look back on bookish favorites from the past year.

We’re finishing things off today by talking about our most-anticipated releases of 2019. Let me tell you, I had THE HARDEST TIME narrowing this list down to only ten books. I could have listed 70. (Incidentally, here is my full “2019 releases” Goodreads shelf, which is currently sitting at 77 books!) However, without further ado, I present to you… the ten 2019 releases I’m *most* excited about!

madalyn’s top ten

All covers link to Goodreads.


Night Music by Jenn Marie Thorne | I mean, come on. It’s a YA contemporary set in the classical music scene in New York City. THIS IS MY BRAND.

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang | After falling in love (along with the rest of the world) with Hoang’s debut, The Kiss Quotient, this year, I’ve been eagerly anticipating her follow-up!

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee | This is YA historical fiction *set in Atlanta* in the 1800’s that deals with issues of race, class, and gender. I AM SO EXCITED.

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia | 1.) Historical fantasy set in the 1920’s. 2.) IN MEXICO. 3.) Based on Mexican myth– specifically Mayan folklore. SIGN ME THE HELL UP.

Mass Disturbance by Kimberley Jones and Gilly Segal | I am SO SO SO excited for this co-authored debut from two Atlanta author friends!! I think both of these ladies are the coolest, and I know I’m going to love this book. Since the blurb is short, here it is in full: “The book chronicles a fight that breaks out at a racially divided Atlanta high school and escalates into citywide riots, told in alternating point of views between two girls—one black and one white.”

The Map from Here to There by Emery Lord | I have been crying about this book since it was announced over a year ago. Literally all we know is that it’s a sequel to The Start of Me & You, which is one of my favorite books of all time, ever. If I had to pick a number one most-anticipated 2019 release, it would be this one.

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, Vol. 2 by Emil Ferris | The first volume of MFTIM was one of my favorites of 2017, and I’ve been eagerly awaiting the conclusion to the duology ever since. Like, I’ve had this preordered for over a year. Every time publication gets pushed back, I die a little bit inside.

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare | WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR SO LONG, AND THE FIRST BOOK IN THE LAST HOURS TRILOGY IS FINALLY (ALMOST) HERE. We’re gonna follow our faves’ children!!! And from the glimpses we’ve already gotten of this cast of characters in Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy and Ghosts of the Shadow Market, I’m already in love with at least four of them. Cassie Clare is truly blessing us next year.

The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta | Amy Rose Capetta has quickly become an autobuy author for me, and the premise of this one sounds incredible??? Queer witches in the Redwood forest– um, YES. I already have an ARC of this I’m dying to pick up.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo | There is almost no information on this, except that it’s coming out next year. We do know it’s a contemporary about secret societies at Yale written by Queen Leigh Bardugo, which is really all I need to know, personally.

What are some of your most-anticipated releases for 2019? Do we share any?

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20 responses to “Top 10 of 2018: Anticipated 2019 Releases

  1. The Bride Test is high on my list, because Hoang impressed me so much with TKQ. I would love to get my hands on Night Music and The Lost Coast, both of which I have already been rejected for. Fingers crossed my library gets them.

  2. NINTH HOUSE !! I’ve had it saved to my Goodreads tbr shelf since 2016. I’m so so hyped for it. I’m not typically a big new releases person, but I have a surprising amount I’m excited for next year?? Besides Ninth House, a few of the biggest are The Fever King by Victoria Lee; Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston; and, of course, King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo.

    Eleanor | On the Other Side of Reality

  3. Oh my goodness, so many wonderful titles coming out this year! I love Jenn Marie Thorne and Stacey Lee and can’t wait for their novels to release (contemporary and historical fiction are right up my alley). And a huge YES to any and all Emery Lord books – I’m so excited for The Map from Here to There!

    A very happy new year + happy reading! 🙂

  4. HI GODS OF JADE AND SHADOW SOUNDS AMAZING. THANK YOU. Also, I feel like I’ve heard so many different for Ninth House since it was announced forever ago that I kind of forgot about it? Oops. Definitely looking forward to it though.

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