Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

To be honest, I’m not eagerly anticipating anything quite as much as I was last year. That’s okay though, because I prefer to “binge-read” series instead of waiting for them to come out one-by-one. Because of this, though, I only have five books for this list, plus one coming out at an unspecified time this year. So it’s only half of a Top Ten Tuesday really. 😛 Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

The Girl King by Mimi Yu (Expected January 8, 2019)
This sounds like a fantastic fantasy novel, sort of along the lines of The False Prince, but for Young Adults. 

Pretty in Punxsutawney by Laurie Crompton (Expected January 22, 2019)
This can either be really good or really boring, but since it’s a YA romance, I’m definitely down to find out. If you couldn’t guess by the title, this is a play on Groundhog Day, where the main character has to relive the same day over and over again. I haven’t seen the movie, but I’ve seen other movies use this concept well (like in Naked by Netflix) or poorly (like The Twelve Dates of Chrismtas). I’m interested to see how the author handles it. 

A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa Sheinmel (Expected February 5, 2019)
This is a young adult novel focused on mental illness. It sounds super intriguing and like we get to follow the character as she discovers or realizes things about herself. I found out about this book from We Live and Breathe Books. 

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Shulte (Expected February 26, 2019)
Young adult fantasy/murder mystery/romance. Do I really need to say more? 

I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn (Expected May 28, 2019)
I’m a sucker for super cute romances, if you haven’t picked that up by now. This sounds like another one to add to my list. Plus, it’s published by Scholastic, and I don’t think I’ve ever read a book of theirs I didn’t like. 

The Exile’s Gift by Tamora Pierce (Expected sometime 2019)
Now I’m super sad that I haven’t read the first book in this series, Tempests and Slaughter. Tamora Pierce is definitely like my favorite author ever, so this series is definitely high on my radar. 

What books are you looking forward to reading this year?

❤ Annette

1 year ago: Top Ten Books I Wanted to Read in 2017 But Didn’t

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Bookish Happenings in May 2018

Hi all! This is a new monthly feature I want to add to my blog. I’ll try it out and see if it works. 🙂 Basically I’m going to try to contain any awesome bookish news such as new releases, movie releases related to books, and events. Obviously I’m not going to be able to cover everything, but if your reading palate is similar to mine, then hopefully you’ll find this information useful.

Release dates are for the book/movie in the United States, so it may not be accurate if you’re living in another country.

Links to Amazon are affiliate links, other links are just for your convenience. 🙂

Movie Releases

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May 18 – On Chesil Beach
May 18 – Book Club
May 18 – Deadpool 2
May 25 – Mary Shelley

Book Releases

May 1

Bookish Boyfriends by Tiffany Schmidt
Burning Maze by Rick Riordan (Book 3 in the Trials of Apollo series)
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sara J. Maas (Book 3.1 in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series) (preorder swag details here)
Outcast by Taran Matharu (Book 4 in the Summoner series) (preorder swag details here)
Royals by Rachel Hawkins
The Theory of Happily Ever After by Kristin Billerbeck
When the Beat Drops by Anna Hecker


May 8

The Girl and the Grove by Eric Smith (pre-order swag details here)
The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews
The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo
Whatshisface by Gordan Korman


May 13

How to Marry a Werewolf by Gail Carriger

May 15

All of This is True by Lygia Day Penaflor
In His Image by Jen Wilkin
My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma
Yumi by Renee Adieh (Book 1.75 in the Flame in the Mist series)


May 22

From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon (preorder swag details here)
Fury Born by Claire Legrand (preorder swag details here)


May 29

Ella by Sarah Price (Book 2 in the Amish Fairytale series)
Legendary by Stephanie Garber (Book 2 in the Caraval series) (preorder swag details here)
LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff (preorder swag details here)



April 30-May 5 – Children’s Book Week
May 1 – Mother Goose Day
May 2 – Harry Potter Day (Anniversary of Battle of Hogwarts)
May 3-6 – Festival of Literary Diversity (Brampton, ON)
May 3-6 – Greater St. Louis Book Fair (Maryland Heights, MO)
May 5 – Madtown Author Daze (Madison, WI)
May 5 – Yallwest Book Festival (Santa Monica, CA)
May 5 – Free Comic Book Day
May 11-17 – Reading is Fun Week
May 12 – Limerick Day
May 15 – May 20 RT Booklover’s Convention (Reno, NV)
May 19 – Gaithersburg Book Festival (Gaithersburg, MD)
May 19 – Greater Rochester Teen Book Fest (Rochester, NY)
May 20 – Books in Bloom Literary Festival (Eureka Springs, AR)
May 21 – National Readathon Day
May 25 – Towel Day (In celebration of Douglas Adams, author of Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)
May 25-28 – BayCon (Fantasy and science fiction convention) (San Mateo, CA)
May 30-June 1 Book Expo America (New York City, NY)

Let me know if you go to any of these events, I’d love to hear about them! Also let me know what you think of this feature – is this something you want to see in the future?

❤ Annette

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2018 Book Releases I Can’t Wait to Read!

I’m not sure how long this list will be since I usually read older books instead of new releases, but I’ll find out as I write it! Here are books coming out in 2018 that I can’t wait to read. I will be linking this post to Wishful Endings as a part of Can’t Wait Wednesday.

Most of these are books that were featured on other blogs and sounded great, so I added them to my TBR. The books that I am on-the-edge-of-my-seat anticipating are in bold. If a book was recommended by a blog and I remember which one it is, I’ve included the blog’s name in parentheses after the author. Clicking on the title of a book will take you to that book’s Goodreads page.

January 2 – Love and Other Trainwrecks by Leah Konen

January 2 – Busted by Gina Ciocca (We Live and Breathe Books)

January 2 – The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

January 2 – The Forgotten Book by Mechthild Glaser (We Live and Breathe Books)

January 9 – Unearthed by Amie Kaufman

January 30 – The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane (We Live and Breathe Books)

January 30 – Winner Take All by Laurie Devore (We Live and Breathe Books)

January 30 – Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen

January 30 – The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis

February 2 – Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce

February 6 – Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi (We Live and Breathe Books)

February 6 – The Last to Let Go by Amber Smith (We Live and Breathe Books)

February 13 – The Precious Dreadful by Steven Parlato (We Live and Breathe Books)

February 13 – #Prettyboy Must Die by Kimberly Reid (We Live and Breathe Books)

February 27 – Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston (Howling Libraries)

February 27 – People Like Us by Dana Mele (We Live and Breathe Books)

February 28 – Forget You, Ethan by Whitney G.

March 6 – More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

March 13 – Obsidio by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff

Marcy 27 – I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman

April 10 – The Diminished by Kaitlyn Patterson

April 10 – Bound to You by Alyssa Brandon

April 10 – Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (Howling Libraries)

May 1 – Royals by Rachel Hawkins (We Live and Breathe Books)

May 15 – My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma (We Live and Breathe Books)

June 5 – Fat Girl on a Plane by Kelly deVos

June 5 – Always Forever Maybe by Anica Rissi (We Live and Breathe Books)

June 26 – The Museum of Us by Tara Redd (We Live and Breathe Books)

July 24 – Contagion by Erin Bowman (Howling Libraries)

August 7 – Dance of Thieves by Mary Pearson (That Artsy Reader Girl)

October 9 – Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore (Howling Libraries)

No Date – Undeniably Fated by Shelly Crane

That was a lot more than I had anticipated! Wow! Also, I promise I read other book blogs than the one above, I think the ones listed just do a lot of advance copy (ARC) reviews.

What 2018 book releases are you looking forward to?

❤ Annette

2018 Releases