2019 is already looking to be a good year for reading, including new entries from some of my favorite authors. Let’s get right to it!
5 Books I’m Looking Forward to Reading in 2019
On the Come Up – Angie Thomas
Publish date: February 2019
Angie Thomas also wrote The Hate U Give, which broke my heart and cemented Thomas in my list of auto-read authors. All I know about her new book is that it has a girl named Bri who’s trying to make it as a rapper. And that’s all I need to know – it’s an Angie Thomas book, so I’m there.
Daisy Jones and the Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publish date: March 2019
After loving The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Jenkins-Reid is another author I’ll always read. This novel features a woman (Daisy Jones), her rock and roll band, and their rise to fame in the 1970s. I get the impression (but am not 100% sure) that Jones will cut a figure similar to Joni Mitchell. I’m sure there will be some wild stories and stumbles along the way.
Southern Lady Code – Helen Ellis
Publish date: April 2019
Helen Ellis also authored American Housewife, a collection of short stories on womanhood. The way she looks at what it is to be a “proper” lady is irreverent, kind of shocking, funny, and full of teeth. And I’m very much looking forward to sinking mine into another of her books.
The Farm – Joanne Ramos
Publish date: May 2019
The Farm features a New York retreat where, for nine months, women can relax, but not leave. It’s a posh prison in which women can grow the perfect baby. Jane, an immigrant from the Philippines, stays/is trapped at the resort. This book is said to include themes on immigration, class, and motherhood.
The Testaments – Margaret Atwood
Publish date: September 2019
I squealed with glee when Atwood confirmed on Twitter that this book was in the making. It’s the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale! It picks up 15 years after Offred steps into the van. We know from the afterword (spoiler alert!) to The Handmaid’s Tale that the dystopia they live in is at some point put right again. I’m wondering if that revolution happens during Offred’s life or long after. So many questions, but I don’t want to put any expectations on this book. I’ll just wait and see where it takes us.
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