Top Ten Tuesday – My 10 Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2019
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!
This week’s TTT topic is actually Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2019. I’m excited about so many books that are coming out in the second half of the year that it was nearly impossible to narrow it down to just ten. I did it though and tried to pick some from each of my favorite genres.
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My 10 Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2019
1, TWICE IN A BLUE MOON by Christina Lauren
During a whirlwind two-week vacation abroad, Sam and Tate fell for each other in only the way that first loves do: sharing all of their hopes, dreams, and deepest secrets along the way. Sam was the first, and only, person that Tate—the long-lost daughter of one of the world’s biggest film stars—ever revealed her identity to. So when it became clear her trust was misplaced, her world shattered for good.
Fourteen years later, Tate, now an up-and-coming actress, only thinks about her first love every once in a blue moon. When she steps onto the set of her first big break, he’s the last person she expects to see. Yet here Sam is, the same charming, confident man she knew, but even more alluring than she remembered. Forced to confront the man who betrayed her, Tate must ask herself if it’s possible to do the wrong thing for the right reason… and whether “once in a lifetime” can come around twice.
With Christina Lauren’s signature “beautifully written and remarkably compelling” (Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author) prose and perfect for fans of Emily Giffin and Jennifer Weiner, Twice in a Blue Moon is an unforgettable and moving novel of young love and second chances.
2, THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL by Abbi Waxman
The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.
When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They’re all—or mostly all—excited to meet her! She’ll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It’s a disaster! And as if that wasn’t enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn’t he realize what a terrible idea that is?
Nina considers her options: 1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.); 2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee); 3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)
It’s time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn’t convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It’s going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page.
3, THE WORLD THAT WE KNEW by Alice Hoffman
In 1941, during humanity’s darkest hour, three unforgettable young women must act with courage and love to survive, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Dovekeepers and The Marriage of Opposites Alice Hoffman.
In Berlin, at the time when the world changed, Hanni Kohn knows she must send her twelve-year-old daughter away to save her from the Nazi regime. She finds her way to a renowned rabbi, but it’s his daughter, Ettie, who offers hope of salvation when she creates a mystical Jewish creature, a rare and unusual golem, who is sworn to protect Lea. Once Ava is brought to life, she and Lea and Ettie become eternally entwined, their paths fated to cross, their fortunes linked.
Lea and Ava travel from Paris, where Lea meets her soulmate, to a convent in western France known for its silver roses; from a school in a mountaintop village where three thousand Jews were saved. Meanwhile, Ettie is in hiding, waiting to become the fighter she’s destined to be.
What does it mean to lose your mother? How much can one person sacrifice for love? In a world where evil can be found at every turn, we meet remarkable characters that take us on a stunning journey of loss and resistance, the fantastical and the mortal, in a place where all roads lead past the Angel of Death and love is never ending.
It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.
It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.
But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.
5, LOCK EVERY DOOR by Riley Sager
No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.
As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly, disturbingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story . . . until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.
Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s dark past and into the secrets kept within its walls. Her discovery that Ingrid is not the first apartment sitter to go missing at the Bartholomew pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.
6. THE BROMANCE BOOK CLUB by Lyssa Kay Adams
The first rule of book club: You don’t talk about book club.
Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott’s marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.
Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.
Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it’ll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.
7. INTO THE CROOKED PLACE by Alexandra Christo
Into the Crooked Place begins a gritty two-book YA fantasy series from Alexandra Christo, the author of To Kill a Kingdom.
The streets of Creije are for the deadly and the dreamers, and four crooks in particular know just how much magic they need up their sleeve to survive.
Tavia, a busker ready to pack up her dark-magic wares and turn her back on Creije for good. She’ll do anything to put her crimes behind her.
Wesley, the closest thing Creije has to a gangster. After growing up on streets hungry enough to swallow the weak whole, he won’t stop until he has brought the entire realm to kneel before him.
Karam, a warrior who spends her days watching over the city’s worst criminals and her nights in the fighting rings, making a deadly name for herself.
And Saxony, a resistance fighter hiding from the very people who destroyed her family, and willing to do whatever it takes to get her revenge.
Everything in their lives is going to plan, until Tavia makes a crucial mistake: she delivers a vial of dark magic—a weapon she didn’t know she had—to someone she cares about, sparking the greatest conflict in decades. Now these four magical outsiders must come together to save their home and the world, before it’s too late. But with enemies at all sides, they can trust nobody. Least of all each other.
8. LIFE AND OTHER INCONVENIENCES by Kristan Higgins
From the New York Times bestselling author of Good Luck with That comes a new novel about a blue-blood grandmother and her black-sheep granddaughter who discover they are truly two sides of the same coin.
Emma London never thought she had anything in common with her grandmother Genevieve London. The regal old woman came from wealthy and bluest-blood New England stock, but that didn’t protect her from life’s cruelest blows: the disappearance of Genevieve’s young son, followed by the premature death of her husband. But Genevieve rose from those ashes of grief and built a fashion empire that was respected the world over, even when it meant neglecting her other son.
When Emma’s own mother died, her father abandoned her on his mother’s doorstep. Genevieve took Emma in and reluctantly raised her–until Emma got pregnant her senior year of high school. Genevieve kicked her out with nothing but the clothes on her back…but Emma took with her the most important London possession: the strength not just to survive but to thrive. And indeed, Emma has built a wonderful life for herself and her teenage daughter, Riley.
So what is Emma to do when Genevieve does the one thing Emma never expected of her and, after not speaking to her for nearly two decades, calls and asks for help?
9. THERE WILL COME A DARKNESS by Katy Rose Pool
The Age of Darkness approaches. Five lives stand in its way. Who will stop it… or unleash it?
For generations, the Seven Prophets guided humanity. Using their visions of the future, they ended wars and united nations―until the day, one hundred years ago, when the Prophets disappeared.
All they left behind was one final, secret prophecy, foretelling an Age of Darkness and the birth of a new Prophet who could be the world’s salvation . . . or the cause of its destruction. As chaos takes hold, five souls are set on a collision course:
A prince exiled from his kingdom. A ruthless killer known as the Pale Hand. A once-faithful leader torn between his duty and his heart. A reckless gambler with the power to find anything or anyone. And a dying girl on the verge of giving up.
One of them―or all of them―could break the world. Will they be savior or destroyer? Perfect for fans of Throne of Glass, Children of Blood and Bone, and An Ember in the Ashes.
10. NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo
The mesmerizing adult debut from #1 New York Timesbestselling author Leigh Bardugo
Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?
Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.
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What are some of your most anticipated releases for the second half of 2019? Do we share any?
The Bromance book club sounds like it will be a hoot haha.
Annemieke recently posted…2019 Releases I Am Looking Forward To – July to December / #toptentuesday 193
Doesn’t it? I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of that one.
Great list! Ninth House made my list this week, too, and I’d like to give Wilder Girls and Lock Every Door a try.
Jess @ Jessticulates recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday | Anticipated 2019 Releases (Part Two)
I hope we both love Ninth House!
AHHH, The Bromance Book Club! I can’t wait for that one!! Gosh, and looking at the rest of your TTT (and the others around today) damn, the second half of the year is looking good!
Verushka recently posted…#5Books: Book recs & back to reality
Doesn’t it? I think I’ve added at least another 10 books to my TBR after reading everyone’s lists, lol.
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill and Lock Every Door are both on my TBR! Hope you enjoy all of these!
I NEED The Bookish Life of Nina Hill – and Wilder Girls!
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I can’t wait to read Nina Hill. Everyone I know who has already read it says it’s fantastic!
So many awesome books still left this year! I’m super excited for Ninth House and Wilder Girls, and of course some new Alice Hoffman😊
Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy recently posted…Ten Books Coming Out in the 2nd Half of 2019 I Can’t Wait to Read
2019 has really had some amazing reads already, so I can’t wait to see what the second half holds.
Everyone is talking about Wilder Girls this week. I hope it will be a good read. I think it will be!
Lydia recently posted…Wombs for Rent: A Review of The Farm
I hope so too!
I see several on here that make my list (Higgins, Lauren, Sager). Nice list, Suzanne!
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I’m really excited for Twice in a Blue Moon (give me all the Christina Lauren!) and The Bromance Books Club (looks like so much fun). And The Bookish Life of Nina Hill is definitely catching my eye.
Tanya @ Girl Plus Books recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2019
Those three are the most I’m excited for from my whole list. 🙂
Ninth House and Into The Crooked Place were both on my list this week too!
Jo recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday #216
I have such high hopes for both of those!
This is an awesome list. I loved the Bookish Life of Nina Hill. I do have Lauren’s book to read and plan to read the Bromance Club thanks to one of your WOW posts.
Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer recently posted…The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall
I’m so happy to hear you loved The Bookish Life of Nina Hill. That’s the one I’m most excited for from my list.
I am looking forward to your first two books as well!!
Steph@paigesofbooks recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday- 11 books for the back half of the year!
I hope we both love them!
I love love these choices, Suzanne! I want to read pretty much all of these! I’m so excited about the new Hoffman, especially!
I’m really excited for Hoffman’s book too. I just love the way she tells a story.
I finished Nina yesterday. I inhaled it. It was so charming and delightful. I had such fun time reading it. I am excited about Bromance and Blue Moon too, and I actually have copies of those books, so it’s a sure thing.
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I’m so thrilled to hear you loved Nina Hill. I have such high hopes for that one.
Wilder Girls sounds so awesome. Can’t wait for that one!
Greg recently posted…Top Ten Anticipated Releases Second Half of 2019
Same! Lord of the Flies was one of the few required readings for school that I actually enjoyed so I’m excited to see how this retelling is handled.
Ooooh great picks! I especially would love to read Wilder Girls. Gothic inspired books are a weakness of mine 😅
Cam @ Camillea Reads recently posted…TOP TEN TUESDAY: ANTICIPATED FANTASY BOOKS OF THE SECOND HALF OF 2019
And that’s when I’ve just pre ordered The Ninth House LOL
I’m so excited for this one!
Oooh, so many of these sound amazing. Alice Hoffman is one of my all time favorite authors. Her new one looks fab. I wouldn’t have even known about it so thanks for sharing this, Suzanne. Have a great rest of your week.
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I love Alice Hoffman too. Her writing is just so beautiful!
Lock Every Door was pretty fantastic – happy reading!
Lauren @ Always Me
Lauren @ Always Me recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019
Glad to hear that. I’m hoping to start it this week and I’m so excited for it!
I’m so incredibly excited for almost all of these!!!! I didn’t realize Alice Hoffman had something new coming out. I feel like so many books are coming out it’s so easy to miss some without intending to! Ahh. Great picks!
I agree! Every list I’ve read this week has added to my TBR, lol.
Awesome list!! I got a early copy of Lock Every Door by Riley Sager and I LOVED it!!
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I’m so happy to hear this! I love Sager’s books and really can’t wait to get to this one. Hoping to start it in a few days. 🙂
What a great list of upcoming books. I’m trying to be very sensible as I really want to prune my TBR list in the latter part of the year, so I’m going to grit my teeth and let them slide by… Thank you for sharing, though!
I wish I had your strength to resist, lol.
The Bromance Bookclub sounds amazing! I am adding it to my TBR 😀
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I can’t wait to read that one. It sounds like so much fun!