50 new releases I’m looking forward to reading in 2019!

It’s no secret around here that I’m an avid reader. Last year I made reading a priority and read 100 books. This year I plan to keep up the momentum and read as much as I can! A lot of you expressed that you wanted to read this more, so in an effort to help you accomplish your goals I am rounding up some of the most anticipated books of 2019! Whether you’re looking for a fun, light read, a serious historical fiction book, or want to get lost in an anxiety-inducing thriller, there are PLENTY of books in this round up for you!  Happy reading! 

The 50 Most Anticipated Books to Read in 2019

A new year is so exciting to me for many reasons, but one being all of the books that are released throughout the year! 2018 proved to be a really great year for books (read my post of the 30 best books I read in 2018) and it’s looking like 2019 might just top it! There are a lot of great debut authors in the mix as well as new releases from my favorite authors like Christina Lauren, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Elin Hilderbrand, and Lisa Gardner to name a few! It was nearly impossible to narrow the list down to 50 books, so rest assured there are many, many more releases that are sure to be hits. These are just the ones I am excited for and think are going to be really big hits among readers.

P.S. all of the publishing dates are subject to change, but these are the dates provided when I was writing this post! An * indicates the book is available in-stores and online now! All books are available for pre-order as a physical book or e-book. Happy reading! xx

women’s fiction/contemporary lit

THE DREAMERS by Karen Thompson Walker (January 15)*

99 PERCENT MINE by Sally Thorne (January 29)*

MORE THAN WORDS by Jill Santopolo (February 5)*

I OWE YOU ONE by Sophie Kinsella (February 5)*

THE GIRLS AT 17 SWANN STREET by Lara Zgheib (February 5)*

DAISY JONES & THE SIX by Taylor Jenkins Reid (March 5)

ME FOR YOU by Lolly Winston (March 12)

THE GIRL HE USED TO KNOW by Tracey Garvis Graves (April 2)

MEET CUTE by Helena Hunting (April 9)

THE BRIDE TEST by Helen Hoang (May 7)

THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF PARADISE by Kristy Woodson Harvey (May 7)

DRAWING HOME by Jamie Brenner (May 7)

THE UNHONEYMOONERS by Christina Lauren (May 14)

RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston (May 14)

STAR-CROSSED by Minnie Darke (May 21)

THE FRIENDS WE KEEP by Jane Green (June 4)

SUMMER OF ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand (June 18)

MRS. EVERYTHING by Jennifer Weiner (June 25)

THINGS YOU SAVE IN A FIRE by Katherine Center (August 13)

FIVE FEET APART by Rachael Lippincott (November 20, 2018)
*a movie is coming out in March, so added it to this list since it’s gained popularity!*

historical fiction

THE LIGHT OVER LONDON by Julia Kelly (January 8)*

THE WAR TIME SISTERS by Lynda Cohen Loigman (January 22)*

THE LOST GIRLS OF PARIS by Pan Jenoff (January 29)*

THE AGE OF LIGHT by Whitney Scharer (February 5)*

THE HUNTRESS by Kate Quinn (February 26)

LOST ROSES by Martha Hall Kelly (April 9)

WHEN WE LEFT CUBA by Chanel Cleeton (April 9)

MISTRESS OF THE RITZ by Melanie Benjamin (May 21)

RESISTANCE WOMEN by Jennifer Chiaverini (May 28)

CITY OF GIRLS by Elizabeth Gilbert (June 4)

THE CHELSEA GIRLS by Fiona Davis (July 30)


TWO CAN KEEP A SECRET by Karen McManus (January 8)*

THE SUSPECT by Fiona Barton (January 22)*

THE NIGHT OLIVIA FELL by Christina McDonald (February 5)*

FORGET YOU KNOW ME by Jessica Strawser (February 5)*

THE WINTER SISTER by Megan Collins (February 5)*

NEVER TELL by Lisa Gardner (February 19)

BEFORE SHE KNEW HIM by Peter Swanson (March 5)

THE PERFECT GIRLFRIEND by Karen Hamilton (March 26)

MY LOVELY WIFE by Samantha Downing (March 26)

THE BETTER SISTER by Alafair Burke (April 16)

THE MOTHER-IN-LAW by Sally Hepworth (April 23)

THE INVITED by Jennifer McMahon (April 30)

THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU by Liv Constantine (May 7)

THE LAST HOUSE GUEST by Megan Miranda (June 18)

LOCK EVERY DOOR by Riley Sager (July 2)


CODE NAME: LISE by Larry Loftis (January 15)*


MAID: HARD WORK, LOW PAY & A MOTHER’S WILL TO SURVIVE by Stephanie Land (January 27)*

BROWN WHITE BLACK by Nishta J. Mehra (February 5)*

STAY SEXY & DON’T GET MURDERED: THE DEFINITIVE HOW-TO GUIDE by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark (May 28)

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  1. Kendal wrote:

    I just bookmarked this post!! I’m trying to read more this year. I’m so excited for ‘Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered’!!

    Posted 2.6.19 Reply
  2. Jessica Camerata wrote:

    You are a reading magician I don’t know how you do it! I wish I enjoyed it as much as you do!

    xo Jessica
    My Style Vita

    Posted 2.6.19 Reply
  3. Liz wrote:

    So many amazing books! I love Sophie Kinsella – I’ll have to check out the new one!

    Posted 2.6.19 Reply
    • Jessi wrote:

      I really loved the new Sophie Kinsella!

      Posted 2.7.19 Reply
  4. Jennifer wrote:

    Great post! I just finished Maid and I really enjoyed it. I got the ARC for When We Left Cuba and it was just as good as her first book. Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 2.6.19 Reply
  5. Megan wrote:

    I love all of those choices that you choose to read. Reading relaxes me so much. Need to pre-order a few of these!

    Posted 2.6.19 Reply
  6. You always have the best recommendations! Thanks for the suggestions.

    Posted 2.6.19 Reply
  7. Jessi wrote:

    Excited for so many of these books already and added a few more to my TBR! Never enough time!! I have several already preordered- The Bride Test, Unhoneymooners, Meet Cute, Lost Roses, Daisy Jones, Summer of ’69…and maybe a few more. I’ve never read the Peachtree Bluff Series but I think I might have to pick it up!

    Posted 2.7.19 Reply
  8. Adaleta Avdić wrote:

    Adding some of these to my list. I’m trying to read more this year.

    Posted 2.7.19 Reply
  9. miriam wrote:

    what a fun post! i definitely need to read more! thanks for sharing!

    Posted 2.7.19 Reply
  10. SO many good ones out right now! I don’t know where to begin! I am finishing up Becoming!

    Posted 2.8.19 Reply
  11. Kelsey wrote:

    Oooh definitely adding some of these to my reading list!!

    Posted 2.8.19 Reply
  12. You always have the best book recommendations! Adding some to my list now. xo

    Posted 2.8.19 Reply
  13. I would love to read “The Last house Guest”! I just finished my second book by Megan Miranda.

    -xo, Azanique | https://www.lotsofsass.com

    Posted 2.9.19 Reply
  14. Caitlin Houston wrote:

    Lisa Gardner writes the BEST thrillers! Also… Two Can Keep A Secret is on my list too!

    Posted 2.11.19 Reply
  15. Amazing list! I’m so excited that Katherine Center has a new book coming out this year! I read The Girl He Used to Know and I loved it.

    Posted 3.15.19 Reply

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