For my 2018 wrap-up, I set a goal for myself to finish all of the books I had started – I was “currently reading” eight books, and I wanted a fresh start for 2019. I did get all eight of those books finished (just barely!), so here at the beginning of the year, I am able to jump right in to whatever strikes my fancy. Thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl‘s Top 10 Tuesday prompt, here is a list of ten new releases from January to June that I am most anticipating.
1/8/2019: The Widows by Jess Montgomery
One of my great literature loves is historical fiction, and I just didn’t get enough of it in 2018 so this one looks great! It’s a novel set in 1924 about a man named Daniel Ross, who is killed transporting a prisoner. After his death, his wife is contacted by another widow who wanted to speak with Daniel about her missing daughter.
1/15/2019: The Orphan of Salt Winds by Elizabeth Brooks
This is another good historical mystery. In England in 1939, a girl goes to her new home to meet her new adoptive parents. A plane crashes, and something horrible happens that haunts her for the rest of her life. The main character returns 75 years later to try to come to grips with her experience.
2/5/2019: Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
This has been described as the African Game of Thrones, and while I wasn’t a huge GoT fan, this book sounds incredible. The main character, Tracker, is a mercenary who is hired to find a missing child who disappeared three years ago. However, it quickly becomes clear that there’s something wrong with this mission.
2/12/2019: The Beast’s Heart: A Novel of Beauty and the Beast by Leife Shallcross
This is yet another Beauty and the Beast retelling, and I just can’t resist them. This sounds interesting, though – it is told from the perspective of the Beast, and unlike some of the recent versions, it sounds like it won’t sugarcoat the Beast’s terrible choices, so I’m sure I’ll try it.
3/5/2019: Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera
It’s not entirely clear to me what’s going on in this book but I want to read it anyway! This is a dystopian novel about a girl named Nalah who is a member of an all-girl gang. I’ve been on a bit of a dystopian/post-apocalyptic kick lately, so this one will fit that nicely.
3/5/2019: Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi
In Gingerbread, the main character Perdita and her mother Harriet make gingerbread that they sell to Druhastrana, the land of Harriet’s youth. There’s a lot to unpack with Harriet, though – Druhastrana appears to be a made-up country, and Harriet’s best friend Gretel Kercheval is more than she seems. When teenage Perdita sets out to find Gretel, she learns that Harriet and Gretel have been keeping secrets.
4/2/2019: Lost and Wanted by Nell Freudenberger
It’s not often that combines my love of science as well as the supernatural, but this book seems to do that! The main character, Helen, is a physics professor who is a firm non-believer in all things supernatural. After her best friend passes away, though, it seems as though Helen is being haunted by her friend’s ghost.
5/7/2019: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
Most books, both fiction and non-fiction, that talk about autism are told from the perspective and for the benefit of neurotypical readers. This is one of the few outliers: the male love interest is on the autism spectrum. I think this is a romance, which usually isn’t my genre, but I’m definitely going to try this one.
5/29/2019: The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West
One of my goals this year is to read more non-fiction, and this one is at the top of my reading list. This is a book about how pop culture is created by and for white men, and how that has encouraged men to set unhealthy, unrealistic expectations.
6/11/2019: Recursion by Blake Crouch
Ok to be totally honest, the thing that drew my attention to this book was the title. Back in the day when I did way more programming, I was a total abuser of recursion – I used it for everything I could because it made me laugh to put people in loops. But this book does still sound good. The main character is investigating strange experiences of people waking up to find their lives drastically different from when they fell asleep the night before.