2019 is the YEAR of anticipated releases. I mean, I’ve truthfully never been this estatic about a year of reading in my entire life because of all the incredible books to be released. Basically, my next 12 months are going to be spent waiting impatiently for one book after the next.
BUT. While I am overwhelmingly excited for all the new releases coming, I know I still need to give my love to backlist books. Older reads deserve just as much support, and there are plenty I’ve missed out on over the years. Because of this, I decided to compile a list of pre-2018 releases I want to read in 2019!
There are dozens and dozens of backlist books I have yet to get to, but for this list, I’ve narrowed down five standalones and five series I can’t believe I haven’t read yet, but plan to (finally) get to this year:
Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
First of all, that cover. Second of all, how how how have I not read this yet? I’ve heard only endless praise for it, that it’s incredibly moving, and super emotional. I cant wait for this one. Luckily, there was an ebook deal on this one recently, so I immediately downloaded it and now I just need to READ IT ALREADY.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Okay I saw a clip from this movie a few days ago (it looked incredible) and I realized how ridiculous it is that I still haven’t read this?! I know it’s such a powerful and impactful read, and I really don’t want to keep puting it off any longer. This’ll be a must-read for 2019.
Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
I’ve just spent the last several minutes studying this cover… and I’ve never noticed this, but is it actually textured? Because whoa. I love that. Anyway, I hadn’t actually heard of this book until recently, but now I feel like I’m seeing it hyped up all over. It sounds very cute and I’m very intrigued.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I am ashamed. ASHAMED. This has been recommended to me a countless number of times and I have yet to hear even one negative thing about it, so I’m not sure how I haven’t read it yet? I know I’m going to love this. Plus, I really need to meet this Evelyn because she sounds iconic. Soon, friends. Sooooon.
I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman
I! want! to! read! this! I adore Alice Oseman and this has been on my TBR for too many months now. The only reason I haven’t read it yet is because it isn’t available in the US and I keep forgetting to order it… otherwise I would’ve downloaded the ebook and fallen in love with it already. I should go order it ASAP. Like, as soon as I’m done with this post.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
I cannot believe 15-year-old Brianna stumbled upon the first book of this series at the library one day, brought it home, and then returned it UNREAD. Flash forward 5 years later and Laini Taylor has written one of my favorite series in all of existence (Strange the Dreamer, my love) and I now strongly regret not reading DOSAB sooner. This series is a Major Priority for 2019.
All for the Game by Nora Sakavic
I think I’ve had The Foxhole Court ebook downloaded since… 2015. I’ve been meaning to read this series since then, and I honestly have no excuses for why I haven’t yet. I’m about 100% sure I’m going to absolutely LOVE these. And I need them in my life already.
The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I’ve seen the hype surrounding this series for ages, but I never did have plans to read it because 1.) I’m not super in to sci-fi and 2.) Every time I flip through one of these at Barnes & Noble, I get intimidated by the formatting and immediately put it down. I think it’s time to branch out and get over my unnecessary fear of this series this year though. And I have to admit, it DOES sound kinda intriguing.
Monsters of Verity by Victoria Schwab
Every once in a while I remember there are Victoria Schwab books out there in the world that I haven’t read yet and I die a little inside. I did get a few chapters in to This Savage Song last month, but I neeeed to continue it, if only because this series was inspired by Victor Vale.
The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
I don’t even know who I am anymore. Honestly, who am I? How have I let an entire PERCY JACKSON SPINOFF SERIES go by without reading it? PJO was (and still is) everything to me. I also still need to read Uncle Rick’s other series, but this one is an absolute must before those because. IT IS PERCY JACKSON RELATED.