My 6 Most Anticipated 2019 Releases

Back in December, I posted something on my Instagram story about how excited I was that there were no books coming out in 2019 that I was completely dying to read—it would give me a chance to catch up on all the unread books that have been sitting on my shelf for way too long.

Welp. January hit and I had to eat my words. There are SO many books scheduled to release this year that I am super duper pumped to read. I feel like I have to add new books to my TBR all the time. Here are some of those books, with links to their Goodreads pages/blurbs to find out more:

Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Release Date: March 5, 2019

So, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was my numbero uno favorite book of 2018 and I recently read and loved Maybe In Another Life as well, though that was a very different sort of book. Taylor Jenkins Reid is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors, and as a result, I can’t wait for her newest release. Combine that with the fact that this book is supposed to focus on a fictional 60’s band and I loved the entirety of the history of rock and roll class I took last year, I’ve pretty much all but pre-ordered this book already.

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adyemi

Release Date: March 5, 2019

I really enjoyed Adeyemi’s debut novel last year, and am looking forward to seeing where she takes this series in the following books. I had a few minor issues with Children of Blood and Bone that lowered my rating to 4⭐ instead of 5⭐, but I have a gut feeling that this is going to turn into one of those series that gets better and better with each installment.

The Toll by Neal Shusterman

Release Date: TBD

I haven’t even read Thunderhead yet, but Scythe was so good I already know I need book 3 when it comes out. That’s all I have to say about this one.

The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

Release Date: October 8, 2019

Non-Twilight-like vampires? The New Orleans underworld? A serial killer? I don’t have to know anything else to know this will be something I want to read. I’ve never read a book from Ahdieh before, but I’ve only ever heard good things about her work, and I figure if there’s any good time to pick up her books, it’s when she’s got a book as amazing as this one sounds coming out.

Semper Augustus by Mackenzi Lee

Release Date: TBD, but most likely October or November

This is quite possibly my most anticipated release for the year, and it doesn’t even have a solid release date yet or a cover or a fleshed out blurb. All I know is that Mackenzi Lee is one of my favorite authors and she could write random history facts on a dirty napkin and I would probably dig through a dumpster to find that napkin just to read them.

So yeah. I’m excited for this one.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Release Date: Nov. 5, 2019

The author of The Night Circus has a new book coming out (FINALLY) and I seriously couldn’t be more excited about this book. I don’t even have to know what it’s about to know that it will be mysterious and have an amazing setting and just enough magic to make the book itself magical. Plus, this book comes out right around my birthday, so it can be a birthday gift to myself!


Let’s Chat!

What are some of your most anticipated releases of the year? Have they already come out yet (I know January had some good ones!)? Are any of these on your TBR? Let me know!

The Sunshine Blogger Award #1

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve done an award or a tag, but Audra from Audra’s Book Blabbing tagged me in a post for the Sunshine Blogger Award a few weeks ago, so I figured I’d do it today! I love doing these types of posts, so thanks to Audra for tagging me!

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Rules:

  • Thank the blogger(s) that nominated you in the post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you
  • Nominate other blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award Logo in your post

Audra’s Questions:

What is your favorite number?

4! It’s mainly because my birthday is on the 4th, but also because 4 is just a nice number to me—it evenly divides, it’s a square root, etc. I don’t know, my number-obsessed mind just thinks it’s nice.

If you could have any job in the world, what job would it be?

My absolute crazy dream job is to be the person who designs the cute socks that Target sells, with the little animals or adorable patterns on them. I imagine myself just sitting in a big meeting room drinking tea and going, “Okay, guys, we haven’t put any pandas on a sock for 6 months now; let’s get some designs with pandas playing the piano going, stat!”

A bunch of socks from Target with Eleanor and Park

What do you hope will happen in 2019?

On a personal level, I’d like to find an internship! I graduate in less than a year and a half, and I want/need to start getting some experience in the real world. There’s also a couple programs I want to participate in related to my major/future career in 2020 and beyond, all of which I have to apply for in 2019, so finding out that I’m accepted into at least one of those this year would be amazing as well!

On a more worldwide scale, anything that makes the world a little bit kinder, safer, cleaner, or more welcoming would be nice. World peace and everything is a bit of a stretch to ask for, but seeing more good news than bad news coming out of 2019 would be wonderful.

If you could pick any person for president (real or fictional), who would it be? Why?

Real: Probably this random guy I go to school with who’s majoring in political science. He pays attention to politics the way other people pay attention to sports and seems to know everything about what’s going on in Washington D.C. and gets super fired up about what needs to change to make the country/world better. He’s also given me a few book recommendations, so that helps win me to his cause, too.

Fictional: Hermione Granger. She is the hero we need. She would fight everything from Dark Magic to corrupt politicians for us.

Do you like your blog?

For the most part! I think I want to make new header images someday and generally make it look nicer, but I’m happy with my posting schedule for now (when I stick to it, at least) and the content I’m writing.

Which blog that you are following really inspires you?

I feel like I admire everyone I follow for some reason or another, whether it’s the way they write their reviews, the fun posts they come up with, the style/graphics on their blog, or just their voice/personality that comes through their post. That said, if I have to pick one specific blog, it’s probably Julianna at Paper Blots. I started reading her blog wayyyy before I had a blog or bookstagram and I continue to love her style of writing and style of fangirling over everything and reading her posts still makes me excited about book blogging.

What is your favorite mythical creature?

I am fascinated by dragons. They just seem so cool and there’s so many cultures in which they appear around the world. I also have a soft spot for the Russian/Eastern European monster of the Baba Yaga. My grandma used to tell me a Baba Yaga lived in her basement and it scared me so much that I still don’t like being in her basement.

What piece of advice would you give past you?

Probably any of the things I’ve learned from my therapist about managing anxiety, both general and social—taking a step back when I need to, that it’s better to put myself out there than to hide from people, but to still give myself permission to leave something early if I can’t deal with it. On second thought, I might just tell myself to ask for help earlier—even if past me wasn’t in a place where therapy was an option, I’ve found that opening up to people in my life about how I feel helps more than keeping everything to myself.

What piece of advice would you give future you?

I’m trying to remain optimistic that future me is even better/cooler/more successful than present me, so I’d say I’d tell myself to just keep doing what I’m doing, but hopefully to stay true to myself too. I’d also tell future me I’m sorry for always making things so hard when it comes to homework—I don’t mean to procrastinate on everything, but it’s just so easy to put off writing a paper when I know it’s a future me problem and not a present me problem 😉

A photo of me with a cup of tea

What is your favorite thing about blogging?

The community! I love chatting about books with everyone and getting to interact on other people’s posts. I also love getting to write out my thoughts on books and how my reading year is going in general. Even if no one else reads those posts, I love looking back on them myself and seeing how I’ve grown.

What is your favorite holiday?

Christmas! Funny enough, the day itself isn’t even what I like about it. I just enjoy the season and general feeling of Christmas—the music, the movies, the festive hot beverages and cozy feelings you get, the hustle and bustle and decorations. It’s just a nice season to spend with friends and family.

People I Tag

My Questions:

  1. What was the first book you read this year?
  2. How many ARCs do you read a year, on average?
  3. Do you have a blogging goal for the year?
  4. What bookish thing are you looking forward to this year?
  5. What’s something you’re looking forward to in 2019 that’s not related to books?
  6. What’s the coolest job you’ve ever had?
  7. What is your least favorite month?
  8. What’s your go-to response to give when someone asks you for a “fun fact” about yourself?
  9. Do you play any sports?
  10. What’s your favorite Disney movie?
  11. Are you a musical fan? Do you have a favorite musical?

Let’s Chat!!

Do you guys have any good advice for your past or future self? What is your dream job? How do you pick a favorite number? Let me know in a comment!

My Top 5 Bookish Goals and Resolutions for 2019

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Hello all! I hope everyone is having a wonderful start to their 2019. I made a post the other day looking back on my 2018 goals and how successful/unsuccessful I was, and after reviewing that, I think I’m finally ready to set some goals for this year.

Goal #1: Read 55 Books (Goodreads Challenge)

Last year, I set and reached my Goodreads Challenge of 60 books, and exceeded it by reading 65. However, this year, I’m lowering that number slightly, at least to begin with. You never know what the year ahead is going to throw at you (and I’m taking 3 senior thesis courses in the next year, so I have a feeling there’s going to be a lot thrown at me), and I know I’ll get really discouraged if I fall behind on my goal early in the year or just pick up some larger books that take longer to read. I can always raise my goal later on if need be; I know myself well enough to know I’d be disappointed if I needed to lower it too early in the year, though.

Goal #2: Read 25,000 Pages

Last year, I wanted to read 25,000 pages, and fell short at just over 22k. I’m going to attempt this challenge again, because with a little more effort, I should definitely be able to hit that goal. This challenge also kept me motivated to try to read every day last year—I hated writing down a big, fat “0” for the days I didn’t read, and it pushed me to pick up a book some days when I was feeling lazy, even if it was just to get 10 or 20 pages in.

Goal #3: Read 6 Nonfiction, 4 Classics

Again, this goal is based on one from last year: I wanted to up the number of classics I read and the number of non-fiction books I read, since both are sorely lacking. I’m giving myself numeric goals this time, so I can more easily measure my success in this regard—and I figure reading 10 books combined from these two categories is a good start. My non-fiction goal is higher than my classics goal because I’m a bigger fan of non-fiction than I am of the classics.

Goal #4: Read More Diverse Books

Last year, only a measly 25% of the books I read were from diverse authors or featured prominent diverse characters. I know I can and should definitely be doing better in this regard, so my goal is for at least 50% of my reads this year to come from POC/LGBT authors or feature diverse main characters (whether that’s racially/ethnically, from the LGBT+ community, or characters with disabilities or mental health issues).

Goal #5: Read Books I Own

I own wayyyyyy too many books. I’m probably not as bad as some people in the book community, but there’s still probably 20-30 unread physical books on my shelves at home, and around the same amount on my Kindle. I would love to knock at least 10 books from my physical pile and 5 books from my digital pile off my TBR in 2019. On a related note, I would really love to get rid of some books on my shelves this year, whether by donating them or selling them to a secondhand shop.


Let’s Chat!

What are your resolutions for the year? Are you taking part in any reading challenges or setting any new goals for yourself related to blogging, reading, or writing?