12 New Books I Can’t Wait to Read in 2019

I started the year with a goal: read the books I already own. Quickly counting 103 unread books on my shelves, the guilt set in and I made a promise to myself, my bank account, and my husband that I would try my best not to buy any new books in 2019 and try to focus and give love to the books that I already own.

But here’s the problem. They keep publishing great books. Magazines keep telling me about the latest hot read. Friends on Bookstagram (a fun Instagram community that I am proud to be a part of) keep posting beautiful pictures of a great new book that they just read or an advanced reader copy that was soooooo good. How on earth am I supposed to stay true to a book buying ban with all of that going on?

You can’t. I didn’t. I made it a whole whopping 15 days before buying a new book.

There are a lot of great books coming out in 2019 and I will continue to try my best to keep my book buying to a minimum, but here are 12 new titles that I will allow to slip under the ban.

The Au Pair by Emma Rous

Release Date: January 8, 2019

This one has already been making the rounds on social media. A thriller that centers on family secrets, we follow Seraphine who works to unravel the secrets behind her mother’s suicide on the day of Seraphine and her twin brother’s birth. 25 years after her death, Seraphine stumbles upon a photograph that raises lots of questions. There’s one person who knows the truth if Seraphine can find her.

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

Release Date: January 8, 2019

Movie star Hedy Lamarr used to be Hedy Kiesler, a Jewish woman married to a powerful Austrian arms dealer. But that isn’t the only secret she is hiding when she arrives in Hollywood. She is also a scientist with an idea that might save the country. Based on a true story, an inspiration about a remarkable woman.

The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

Release Date: January 15, 2019

Girls in a small college town in Southern California are falling asleep and cannot be reawakened and no one knows why. Doctors perplexed, the number of girls falling asleep continues to grow and an epidemic feared, a quarantine is established and the National Guard is called in. A psychiatrist from Los Angeles is brought in to help make sense of the illness that is spreading throughout the town. Those infected are showing to have unusual levels of brain activity, dreaming heightened dreams. But what are they dreaming about?

Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

Release Date: January 15, 2019

This is the book that broke my book buying ban. I have read Shapiro’s two other memoirs and after reading about Inheritance immediately knew this was a must read. What if you took one of those advertised DNA tests only to discover that your father really isn’t your biological father? That is exactly what happened to Shapiro back in 2016 and this is her story about how her life unraveled in one day.

More Than Words by Jill Santopolo

Release Date: February 5, 2019

I read Santopolo’s previous book and bestseller, The Light We Lost in a quick two days so I am looking forward to her latest. “More than Words is a heartbreaking and romantic novel about grief, loss, love, and self-discovery, and how we choose which life we are meant to live.”

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Release Date: February 5, 2019

Her first book, The Hate U Give, was the young adult novel that was widely read by people of all ages. I read it, loved it, immediately handed it to by oldest teenager, who loved it, and now my youngest teen is asking to read it. In On the Come Up we meet sixteen-year-old Bri who wants to become the world’s best rapper. Bri’s big dreams meet the life’s challenges after her mother loses her job and her family is facing homelessness. Bri feels that she has to make it not just to save herself but to save her whole family.

When All is Said by Anne Griffin

Release Date: March 5, 2019

Over the course of one night, Maurice Hannigan orders five different drinks. With each one, he toasts someone important in his life. By raising a glass to each of them, “he tells the story of his own life, with all its regrets and feuds, loves and triumphs.”

The Editor by Steven Rowley

Release Date: April 2, 2019

This is an example of giving an author a second try. I did not love Rowley’s previous book, Lily and the Octopus. In fact, it was a strong DNF (Did Not Finish) for me. But The Editor sounds too good to pass up.

From Goodreads: “After years of trying to make it as a writer in 1990s New York City, James Smale finally sells his novel to an editor at a major publishing house: none other than Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Jackie–or Mrs. Onassis, as she’s known in the office–has fallen in love with James’s candidly autobiographical novel, one that exposes his own dysfunctional family. But when the book’s forthcoming publication threatens to unravel already fragile relationships, both within his family and with his partner, James finds that he can’t bring himself to finish the manuscript.”

Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis

Release Date: April 16, 2019

This might be the book I am looking forward to more than any other. Ellis’ previous book, American Housewife, is still one of my all-time favorites. An absolute laugh-out-loud book for me. A podcast by the same name has given me a sneak-peek into what the book will be like and I CANNOT WAIT. “Fiercely funny collection of essays on marriage and manners, thank-you notes and three-ways, ghosts, gunshots, gynecology, and the Calgon-scented, onion-dipped, monogrammed art of living as a Southern Lady.”

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

Release Date: June 4, 2019

If Elizabeth Gilbert (of Eat, Pray, Love fame) writes a book, chances are I am going to want to read it. City of Girls, her latest, sounds so good! Set in New York in the 1940’s, City Girls is “a delicious novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don’t have to be a good girl to be a good person.”

Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand

Release Date: June 18, 2019

I am late to the party, but after reading all four of the Winter Street series by Hildebrand this Christmas, I am officially a fan. Hildebrand’s first “historical novel” takes us back to Nantucket in 1969, full of the historical highlights of the era: civil rights, Chappaquiddick, first man on the moon, and Vietnam.

Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood

Release Date: August 6, 2019

Also set in 1969 and inspired by true events, we follow Ginny who fights to keep her daughter Lucy who was born with Down Syndrome. Pressured to put her infant daughter in a home for the “feeble-minded” Ginny finds herself fighting her own husband for the right to keep her daughter. I have no doubt that this novel will be heart-wrenching and totally captivating.

Happy Reading in 2019!

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